Basement/Garage Savings Tips
- Most water heaters only require a setting of 120 degrees - lower the setting of your water heater thermostat to save energy.
- Consider replacing a conventional or inefficient hot water heater with a high efficiency tankless or tank type water heater.
- Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to your water heater.
- Check if your water heater is warm to the touch, if so, an insulating blanket may pay for itself in one year or less.
- At a minimum, change your furnace/air conditioner filter every three months. A dirty filter wastes energy by slowing down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm or cool. A clean filter also prevents dust and dirt from building up in the system, which could lead to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
- Seal your heating and cooling ducts. Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20% and sometimes much more.
- Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement or garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, use insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next, seal any other ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.
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