September 19th. 2013
Energy saving tips
Now that the crisp days of autumn are with us, winter won’t be far behind. To help Vermonters stay warm and lower their energy bills, Efficiency Vermont is offering the following tips:
You can save two to three percent in energy costs for every degree you lower your thermostat around the clock. Try lowering the heat as everyone leaves for the day and just before going to bed.
If you have functional windows, it makes more financial sense to improve them than to replace them with energy-efficient windows. Caulk any gaps and cracks around window frames.
Keep your furnace or boiler in shape with regular maintenance.
Close dampers when you’re not using the fireplace.
Dust or vacuum radiators, baseboard heaters and furnace duct openings often and keep them free of obstructions.
Seal any gaps and then properly install insulation.
Replace your incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs. Also, be aware that many kinds of home electronics and office equipment use power even when off.
Whether you’re planning to purchase a new heating system, appliances or home electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label to find the most energy efficient models on the market.