Energy Saving Tips
Insulating & Sealing Air Leaks
Checking your home's insulation is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to use a whole-house approach to reduce energy waste and make the most of your energy dollars. A good insulating system includes a combination of products and construction techniques that protect a home from outside temperatures, prevent air leaks, and control moisture. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by up to 10% by investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks.
What's the Real Cost?
Every appliance has two price tags — the purchase price and the operating cost. Consider both when buying a new appliance. Appliances account for about 20% of your household's energy consumption, with refrigerators, washers, and dryers at the top of the consumption list.
Slow Down to Save Gas
Transportation accounts for 66% of U.S. oil use — mainly in the form of gasoline. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve gas mileage. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage by 33% and city mileage by 5%. Avoid high speeds. Above 60 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. The fueleconomy.gov website shows how driving speed affects gas mileage.