Energy Saving Tips
At Albemarle, we’re always looking for ways to help you lower your fuel costs and save energy while improving your comfort at home. While we can’t always control the cost of energy, we do our best to keep our prices down without compromising quality and service. Here are some easy ways to save energy and keep fuel costs down without sacrificing comfort:
Use a programmable thermostat to lower (or raise) the temperature during the day when you’re away. The latest systems can even be controlled remotely from your smartphone.
Install ceiling fans. They cost pennies to operate and allow you to set your thermostat higher while still keeping cool and comfortable.
Warm air rises. Reverse the direction of ceiling fans in the winter to push warm air down away from the ceiling.
Close fireplace dampers when you aren’t using the chimney.
Only run appliances like the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer when you have full loads. This saves water as well as energy.
Keep furnace filters and heating vents clean and dust free so your system doesn’t have to work as hard to move warm air through your home. The same goes for the outdoor coils of your air-conditioner.
Heating water is one of the biggest uses of energy in most homes. Keep the temperature of your water heater set to 130 F. Laundering clothing in cold water will not only reduce your energy bills, it will help clothes last longer.
Low-flow showerheads not only help save water, they reduce hot water usage. Today’s versions don’t affect water pressure and feel great.
Turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans after 15 minutes. Left running, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air in an just hour.
Plant shade trees around your outdoor a/c unit. A unit sitting in the sun can use significantly more energy to cool your home than one in the shade.