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ENERGY SAVING TIPS
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Long-Term Savings For Homes
AC & HEAT
Do not use humidifiers or swamp coolers with the AC.
If your AC or heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
Newer models use up to 40% less energy.
When replacing your air conditioner, make sure it is sized correctly for your home. An over-sized air conditioner performs less efficiently and effectively than a properly sized unit.
Consider installing a whole-house fan for better circulation.
Maintain your AC and heater so they work efficiently.
Check your air or furnace filters every month when in use. Replace them at least every three months.
If you can, have your HVAC unit inspected and maintained in the spring and or fall by a licensed professional.
Wash the outside coils of your AC. Clear away high grass, leaves and any other debris that could block the flow of air.
Add trees and shrubs on the east, west, and south sides of your home to keep it insulated naturally.
COMPUTERS, APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS
Set your computer and monitor to sleep when idle for more than a few minutes.
Don't use screen savers. They prevent computers and monitors from going into power-saver mode.
Make sure the dryer air vent outside your house is properly sealed.
If your washer is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new
certified washer. Energy use for clothes washers has dropped by 70% since 1990.
When replacing your clothes dryer consider purchasing a dryer with an
Check light sockets for the recommended bulb wattage for each lamp or light. Don’t use a higher-wattage bulb. It wastes energy, and it can be a fire hazard. If you need more light, consider using an
certified LED lightbulb or CFL bulb that produces more light with lower wattage.
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
Consider insulating your hot water heater if it is warm to the touch. This reduces heat loss and can save 7% - 16% per year on heating costs. Insulating your hot water pipes can save 3% - 4% on heating costs.
Repair leaks on warm-water faucets. These leaks just drain your water heater, which means it has to heat more water. That process costs you more.
Drain your hot water tank regularly to remove sediment.
If buying a new water heater, consider a tankless unit. These systems are 35-45% more efficient. Plus, you'll never run out of hot water.
WINDOWS, DOORS & INSULATION
Save up to 10%-20% on heating and cooling costs by caulking windows and weather-stripping doors.
Upgrade to energy-efficient windows.
Add solar screens or window tint.
Check your ducts for leaks and seal them if needed.
Make sure your attic has proper ventilation and high R-value insulation. This will help your AC be more efficient and keep more cool air inside your home.
Use heavy-duty, clear plastic film on the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months.
Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty.
HOME ENERGY AUDIT
Consider a professional home energy audit to evaluate steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
For a do-it-yourself audit, check out the
Home Energy Saver
INCENTIVES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES
The Federal Government offers tax incentives for renewable energy.
Texas residents can check with their local utility providers, as some offer incentives for participation in energy efficiency programs designed to reduce energy consumption and energy costs.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
Texas State Energy Conservation Office