Home Energy Checklist

Home Energy Checklist

  • Pile as much insulation as you can in the attic. Make sure you do not bury knob and tube wiring though.
  • Install insulated windows. Make sure that they close properly to make a good seal.  They need to be storm windows at the very least.  Make sure that each sash is in the correct position as they are not always equal.
  • Invest in a programable set-back thermostat and heat during the time that you spend awake in the house to a maximum of 68F and no more than 50F when you are either away from the house or asleep. Use a down duve and flannel sheets if you have to!
  • Cool to no less than 77F when you are awake and in the house and no less than 82F when you are away or asleep.
  • Plant shade trees to the South of the house or invest in retractable awnings.  Invest in insulated blinds or honeycomb blinds on all windows and keep them down when you are not in the house or not in the room.
  • Keep the furnace and air conditioning equipment well-serviced and if it's old consider the highest efficiency replacement. Make sure that your humidifier is working on the furnace. Damp air feels warmer than dry air.
  • Install an attic fan that is programmed to come on when the temperature in the attic is higher than the temperature outside and run it only in the summer.
  • When your water heater dies, install a high efficiency water heater or an On-Demand water heater.
  • Go on vacation during the coldest and hottest months of the year.
  • Install an umbrella style washing line that can be taken down when not in use. People in Europe use these all the time and they save so much on dryer costs and don't wear out your clothes!
  • In the winter, vent the dryer into the laundry to take advantage of the hot air!

Let me know if you can think of any more ideas!

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