does the time go?
when you finally get the central air-conditioning
working well enough to make the house comfortable, cold
weather threatens to show up.
are some ideas that might help cut your energy costs
this winter, courtesy of Sunnova, the solar-power
your house really need hot water when no oneís home?
Probably not. Consider installing a timer on your water
heater, to turn it off when youíre not there.
cold water instead of hot when washing clothes. The EPAís
Energy Star program says almost 90 percent of the energy
consumed by washing machines goes to heating the water.
electronics ó your computer, for example ó in sleep
or hibernation mode when youíre not using them.
certain electronics and appliances to avoid their
consuming "phantom power," which means theyíre
still sucking in energy from the outlet even though they
arenít in use.
as much as 50 percent of energy consumed to prepare a
meal by putting a slow cooker and microwave to work,
rather than a range and oven.
you are going to use the stovetop, match the pan size to
the diameter of the heating element, to eliminate wasted
heat. A 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner can waste more
than 40 percent of the energy delivered by the
improve refrigerator efficiency, consider one with a
bottom freezer, keep the fridge between 36 and 38
degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer between zero and 5
degrees, and be sure to defrost ice build-up thicker
than a 0.25 inch.
recommends a home assessment to determine whether your
house is properly insulated and to make certain air isnít
escaping. Itís also important to keep doors closed and
to heat only rooms where you need it.
on the type, a homeís heating system can use anywhere
from 100 kWh to 3,500 kWh each month. Minimize usage by
regularly replacing filters, insulating ducts, and
considering a programmable thermostat that will help
heat only when and where needed.