Quick Tips for saving energy year round.
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Tips Designed to Help You to Conserve Energy and Save Money.
Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.
You do not have to do without to achieve these savings. There is now an energy efficient alternative for almost every kind of appliance or light fixture. That means that consumers have a real choice and the power to change their energy use on a revolutionary scale.
The average American produces about 40,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Together, we use nearly a million dollars worth of energy every minute, night and day, every day of the year. By exercising even a few of the following steps, you can cut your annual emissions by thousands of pounds and your energy bills by a significant amount!
HVAC Energy Saving Tips
“Tune-up” your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with an annual maintenance contract.
Even a new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC system, like a new car, will decline in performance without regular maintenance. A contract automatically ensures that your HVAC contractor will provide “pre-season” tune-ups before each cooling and heating season. You save energy and money, and your system may last years longer with minimal costs yearly maintenance fees.
Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating season.
New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment, and result in lower indoor air quality.
Install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC system.
This solid-state, electronic device optimizes HVAC operation “24/7” based on your schedule, and can be “overridden” as needed for unscheduled events. So consumers and staff always enter a comfortable facility, this “smart thermostat” can turn on the HVAC one hour before arrival instead of heating or cooling unoccupied space.
Control direct sun through windows depending on the season and local climate.
During cooling season, block direct heat gain from the sun shining through glass on the east and especially west sides of the facility. Depending on your facility, options such as “solar screens,” “solar films,” awnings, and vegetation can help. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility, and help clean the air. Interior curtains or drapes can help, but it’s best to prevent the summer heat from getting past the glass and inside. During heating season, with the sun low in the South, unobstructed southern windows can contribute solar heat gain during the day.
Use fans. Comfort is a function of temperature, humidity, and air movement.
Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature and/or humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only 3 to 5 degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each degree of higher temperature can save about 3% on cooling costs. When the temperature outside is more comfortable than inside, a “box fan” in the window, or large “whole facility” fan in the attic can push air out of the facility and pull in comfortable outside air. Fans can improve comfort and save energy year round.
Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking.
Caulking and weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher outdoor air. To learn more about indoor air quality in your facility visit EPA’s Indoor Air Quality.
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What Every Customer Should Know About Changing Natural Gas Supplies and Proper Appliance Adjustment. To ensure the SAFE AND EFFICIENT operation of natural gas appliances in your home, it is IMPORTANT that you review the following information.
If your natural gas space-heating (furnace, boiler, etc.) and/or water-heating appliances do not have a Green Sticker, you should have a licensed and certified contractor conduct a Green Sticker inspection, and, if necessary, adjustment during your next annual inspection so that your appliances will safely and efficiently burn natural gas supplies.
All natural gas space and water-heating appliances need a Green Sticker indicating that they have been checked and, if necessary, adjusted to properly burn local natural gas supplies. If not properly adjusted, these appliances may produce excess carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that is poisonous and can cause serious injury or, in extreme cases, even death. Following are answers to the most commonly asked questions concerning the Green Sticker.
What is a Green Sticker?
Is a Green Sticker adjustment necessary?
Will I need to replace any appliances?
When do I need a Green Sticker?
What can happen if my appliances are not properly adjusted?
What does the Green Sticker adjustment involve?
Which appliances need to be inspected, and if necessary adjusted, for compliance?
How do I know if my appliances are properly adjusted?