Invest for long-term energy efficiency:
• Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing or replacing appliances. You can lock in energy savings for years to come.
• Investigate the need to have attic ductwork sealed. Loose joints and ducts mean you may be heating or cooling your attic or crawlspaces.
• Consider adding insulation to your home. With older homes especially, you can benefit from adding high R-value insulation to the attic. Make sure new homes are built with high R-value insulation in floors and walls as well.
• Make sure doors and windows seal properly with weather-stripping or caulking
• Add storm doors to reduce heat exchange and when building, use at least double-pane, energy efficient windows
• Repair leaky hot water faucets
• Have a reputable company maintain your heating and cooling system
• Consider replacing large area incandescent lighting with high efficiency fluorescent fixtures. Replace other incandescent bulbs with long-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs
Simple habits and practices can save money too:
• Clean or change your air conditioner's air filter monthly
• Close blinds or drapes to help keep out the sun's heat
• Use fans to move the air. This helps you feel cooler with a higher thermostat setting and fans use little energy compared to air conditioners.
• Run exhaust fans to remove steam from cooking or bathing areas, but only until steam is gone
• Use large steam-producing appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or at night. You will stay more comfortable and your cooling system will not work as hard
• Keep "in and out" household traffic to a minimum if you use air conditioning
• Consider all the items you need from the refrigerator or freezer before opening the door
• Use task lighting when possible instead of full-room lighting to lower costs and reduce heat build-up
• Clean or change your heating system's air filter monthly
• Open drapes and blinds each day to let in the sun's warmth. Close them after dark to hold in the heat.
• Use exhaust fans sparingly. Steam from cooking or bathing can add warmth and moisture to the home, improving comfort.
• Use ovens, dryers and dishwashers when the family is in living areas, such as early evening during the winter. The extra heat can help you use a lower thermostat setting.
• Run ceiling fans on low and reverse their direction to gently push warm air from the ceilings back to the floor.
• Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when not in use. A great deal of heat is lost up the chimney.
• Set your thermostat and leave it there, especially if you have an electric heat pump. This will minimize the amount of time that heat strips operate.
Finally, visit www.savannahelectric.com or call 1-800-437-3890 for a free energy check-up. It's quick and easy. We'll provide suggestions customized for your home. Or you can ask to schedule an in-home energy audit.