Stanley home energy savings by David Toht

By David Toht

Home strength Savings is a concise, hugely visible prepared connection with the most typical energy-savings initiatives that homewoners may take on themselves. tasks comprise weatherstripping doorways and home windows, sealing round pipes and ducts, insulating an attic and fitting a programmable thermostat.  With fast pointers on instruments and fabrics and informative charts and drawings, this useful reference offers all you want to comprehend to begin saving energy--and money--at home.

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Measure the depth of any insulation. (See pp. ) • Is your attic ladder access insulated? (See pp. ) • Look for exposed HVAC ducts. (See p. ) • Do you have a programmable thermostat? (See p. ) • Check your water heater temperature. (See p. ) • Inspect the refrigerator coils for dust buildup. (See p. ) • Look for incandescent bulbs in lamps and fixtures. (See p. ) • Note areas of the house where lights are left on. (See p. ) QUICK GUIDE Home Energy Savings Tackle any home repair project… with confidence.

Vacuum the coils every few months. If the coils are on the back of the fridge, position the appliance 3 in. from the wall to aid circulation. 2 2. SIZE THE PAN TO THE BURNER. A pan should cover the burner or element. With electric stoves, turn the element off a minute or two early. Residual heat keeps things bubbling. QUICK TIP Use your dishwasher. It consumes only one-third of the water needed for handwashing dishes. If you have the option, skip the energy-intensive dry cycle. CHOOSING ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS Lighting eats up about 12% of the energy used in a typical house.

TURN DOWN THE WATER HEATER Most water heaters come from the factory set at 140°F. However, most households do fine with 120°F water. Cranking down the thermostat 20°F saves you 6% to 10% in energy costs QUICK TIP If your heater feels warm to the touch or doesn’t have an R-24 rating or greater, add a water-heater blanket. According to the DOE, it can cut heat loss by as much as 45%, reducing your energy bill by 4% to 9%. 2 1 1. ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT. Reset the thermostat, estimating the needed reduction.

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