Money Saving Tips
The best way to reduce fuel costs is to use less fuel.
These quick tips can help reduce your fuel consumption:
- Choose high efficiency appliances.
- Check for adequate insulation in your attic and walls.
- Check for and seal any air leaks around doors and windows.
- Regularly have your furnace cleaned and maintained by a professional.
- Changing the filters on your heating system regularly as well as having your burner cleaned and tuned up yearly will help it run more efficiently, therefore cutting down on the amount of fuel used. Some estimates show fuel savings to be as high as 15% or more.
- Set your thermostat down a few degrees, especially when you are away or asleep.
- Caulk and weather strip around pipes, ducts and vents.
- Insulate your water heater and hot water pipes.
- Set your water heater to 120°.
- Repair leaking faucets that are supplying hot water, your water heater is working to supply this leak.
- Install low-flow shower heads.
- Run dishwasher only when it is full.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Run full loads of laundry and shorten wash time.
- Dry loads of clothes back-to-back; dryers retain heat, therefore it will take less energy to dry subsequent loads.
- Keep lint filter and exhaust vent clean.
- Remember to turn-off kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans; they can pull the all the heated air out of your home in one hour.
- Keep your oven door closed
- Each time you open the oven the temperature can drop 25°.
- Choose a range with pilotless ignition.
- Defrost food completely before cooking it; this can save 30-50% on cooking costs.