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Home Energy Conservation

There are basic steps one can follow to insure their home is as energy efficient as possible. Progress toward improving efficiency can start by plugging all holes or spaces in which air can get in or out of your house. Patching holes in this manner is called “air-sealing” and is one of the first steps homeowners complete when weatherizing their home.

Another basic step to take when properly weatherizing a home, is to check the insulation where you can and insure it meets or exceeds suggested standards. Insulation properly applied, helps stop heat flow from your house to the attic in the winter time and in the summer keeps the stifling heat in your attic from entering your air-conditioned home.

Electricity enters your house through a service-entry cable either below or above the ground. It then enters the service panel that contains breakers or fuses. From this point, electricity is truyền nước tại nhà throughout the house by way of wires and receptacles. Electrical usage is billed by the kilowatt-hour (kWH) and costs approximately 8 – 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. The price varies based on where you live and the additional fees charged by the company providing you the power.

One kilowatt-hour is equal to 1,000 watts of electricity used for 1 hour. Burning a 100-watt light bulb for one hour requires 100 watts of electricity. If the light bulb burns for 10 hours, it consumes 1,000 watts and costs between 8 – 15 cents.

Natural Gas is transported to your home through an underground network of pipes. The natural gas first travels through a meter attached to the outside of your home. After entering your home, the natural gas transfers through smaller pipes to where needed. This usually involves your furnace or boiler, water heater, and gas fireplaces if present.

Propane or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is transported to your home by truck and once on site transferred to a large storage tank. It is then transferred to your home via small underground pipes. Once in your home, it uses a network of pipes similar to natural gas. Billing propane is done on a per-gallon basis.

Watch Your Thermostat

Dialing Down – the largest energy expenditure in your home involves heating large spaces. Conserving even a little heating fuel can make a big difference on your utility bill. Dialing down your thermostat one degree can result in using 1-3 percent less fuel and a cheaper utility bill.

Dialing Up – during the warm months we can reverse our procedure and dial up the thermostat thus reducing the cost to cool an air-conditioned house.

Close Empty Rooms – If there are rooms in your home not used, make sure you close the vents(heating and cooling) and also make sure you keep the doors shut. The less space you have to cool or heat the less often your furnace or air-conditioner runs. This can make a significant difference on your utility bill.

Stay Under the Covers – There are many people who prefer sleeping in cold rooms. They turn their thermostats down to the 50’s or 60’s at night. Turning down the thermostat like this, can result in a significant reduction in fuel consumption during this time period.

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