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Energy Smart Newsletter

April 2014

Prepare your home now for warmer weather! You’ll save on your utility bills by taking advantage of these energy-efficient seasonal tips.

Get a Check-Up

 

If you don’t know where your home is losing energy and money, a professional energy auditor can check for leaks, examine insulation, inspect the furnace and more. You can fix the problems once you know where you’re losing energy.
Use Your Air Conditioner Wisely

 

If you have central air conditioning, keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees. You’ll save an additional 6-7% off your cooling costs for each degree above 78. Room air conditioners work best when kept cool, so install one on a north-facing wall to avoid direct sunlight.
Switch Your Ceiling Fans

 

Make sure you change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans to maximize efficiency. In the winter, you want the fan to push warm air toward the floor. In summer, switch the direction and draw the air upward, cooling the room and ensuring constant airflow.

tip 

 

Take a look at your foundation walls. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, chances are there’s a draft. That’s because spiders build their webs where insects ride the air current, which coincides with gaps in windows.