1. Sealing Leaks
Many air leaks and drafts are easy to find because they are easy to feel — like those
around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawlspaces are
usually bigger problems. Sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping
will have a great impact on improving your comfort and reducing utility bills. Homeowners
are often concerned about sealing their house too tightly; however, this is very unlikely
in older homes. A certain amount of fresh air is needed for good indoor air quality and
there are specifications that set the minimum amount of fresh air needed for a house.
2. Change your air filter regularly
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter
looks dirty after a month, change it. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work
harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from
building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
3. Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout
the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180
every year in energy costs.
4. Don’t over dry your clothes
It is easy to over dry your clothes if one setting is used to dry various fabric types. Try to dry clothes
made up of similar fabrics so the entire load dries when the cycle ends. Buy dryers that have a sensor to
stop the dryer cycle when the clothes are dry.
During cold weather keep your drapes open to take advantage of the sun’s warmth during daylight hours. In
summer close your drapes to keep out the heat of the summer sun.
For additional energy saving tips visit energystar.gov.
About the author – Drew Henderson is Director of Retail Gas at Vista Energy Marketing. Vista Energy Marketing
is a nationwide natural gas supplier serving thousands of homeowners and businesses in Illinois, California,
Nebraska (Choice Gas), Wyoming (Choice Gas), Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Vista Energy
Marketing consistently works to provide competitive rates and prides itself in providing best in class customer
service. Vista Energy Marketing supports several charities and is a BBB accredited