The following tips are just helpful general tips for homeowners and building owners.
1. On fluorescent light fixtures change the bulbs once a year. Fluorescent bulbs gradually diminish in output, which puts a strain on the ballast and reduces the life of the fixture. This also results in reduction in quality of light.
2. If you have an outdoor fixture that is on 12 hours a night with a 100 watt bulb - you can save from $25 to $50 annually just by changing it to a compact fluorescent at 25 watts.
3. Use ceiling fans in your home. They can help reduce heating and air conditioning cost by circulating the air.
4. Attic fans can also help save you in air conditioning costs.
5. Install a programmable thermostat to control heating and air conditioning. This can save you money as well as provide additional comfort and automatic operation.
6. Protect all your electronic equipment with surge protectors including your TV, Stereo, DVD, and VHS machines.
7. Beware of the dangers of aluminum wiring. If you have any in your home be especially aware of flickering lights or devices working intermittently. Call a licensed electrician immediately if you encounter this problem and shut the power off to affected areas if at all possible. Also be sure you have working smoke detectors.
8. Never run extension cords under carpets or rugs.
9. Replace frayed or worn extension cords and replace broken or damaged plugs on appliances.
10. Check your attic, attic stairway, attached garage walls, and basement to make sure your home is insulated to DOE-recommended levels for your geographic area. When inspecting and buying home insulation products, look for the R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
11. Call Air and Electrical Services today to schedule your spring air conditioning and your winter heating checks.
12. Hire Air and Electrical Services to seal and insulate leaky ducts, and to ensure that the airflow distribution system serving your equipment is operating at peak efficiency.
13. Changing the filters monthly is the single most important thing you can do to protect your system. You can use you power bill or phone bill as a reminder.
14. Install a programmable thermostat. You can save money by keeping your house warmer than normal when you're out, and keeping the setting at 78 F when you're home.
15. Install drapes, shades, blinds, or another window covering. Keeping them closed during the day blocks the sun and the heat from the sun's rays.
16. Increase your attic insulation. Many older homes were built using the bare minimum. The added insulation will save more than the initial cost in the long run.
17. Consider replacing single-pane windows with double-pane windows with high-performance glass. Look for low-emissivity (low-e) or spectrally selective glass. In warmer climates, select windows with spectrally selective coatings to reduce heat gain. In colder climates, select windows that are gas filled with low-e coatings on the glass to reduce heat loss.
18. Prune back shrubs and remove debris, like grass and leaves, that may block airflow to your air conditioner.
19. Plant a tree. Landscaping is a natural way to shade your home. Well-placed trees and shrubs not only deliver shade, but also add value to your property.
20. Shade room air conditioners from direct sun to reduce their workload. Clean the filters once a month and replace them as necessary to promote energy efficiency. Raise the setting when you go out to reduce operating costs.