Energy Saving Tips

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We're all about going green: whether it's saving paper with our pay-online service or installing the most energy-efficient propane equipment on the market. Here are tips you can implement today to help you save energy and money around your home or business.

All Year Long Conservation Tips

  • Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly, it can shave $100 off your annual energy bill.
  • Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy.
  • Install dimmers and motion sensors wherever possible.
  • When purchasing new appliances, look for ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Keep your oven door closed. Every time you open the oven door, the oven temperature can drop 25 degrees. Use the oven light or a timer to avoid wasting energy.
  • Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
  • Clean refrigerator coils once a year to extend the life of your fridge.
  • Choose a high-efficiency dishwasher – they use 25% less energy than conventional models.
  • Wash clothes in the coolest water possible - 80% of the cost to run your washer is for heating the water.
  • Since your dryer retains heat, dry loads back-to-back.
  • Contact us for a free energy efficiency consultation.

Warm Weather Conservation Tips

  • Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
  • Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
  • Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
  • Look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR® approved.
  • Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
  • Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
  • During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
  • During hot summer afternoons, avoid using appliances.
  • Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is to open windows when the outside temperature is cooler than the inside of your house.

Cold Weather Conservation Tips

  • Get a professional heating system tune-up once a year before the cold weather sets in – this ensures your system operates at peak efficiency and can help you save money.
  • Correct air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets.
  • Repair weather stripping and caulking.
  • Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
  • Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of good insulation.
  • Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and freezing.
  • Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
  • Check the threshold for any gaps between it and the door; use a bottom seal that can be attached to the door to stop drafts.
  • Keep ductwork in good repair with duct insulation.
  • Remove air conditioning units from windows.
  • Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use. Install glass doors on the fireplace.
  • Make sure rugs and furniture don't block the air circulation from baseboard outlets.

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