General Tips

Energy smart consumers buy natural gas appliances, and the best way to get the most out of every energy dollar is to have a Contractor ensure your appliances work at peak performance.

Saving energy means saving money. Here are some tips that will help you do both:

  • Choose products that have earned the ENERGY STAR® . Products in more than 50 categories are eligible for the ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR® is the trusted national symbol for energy efficiency, backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR® products use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
  • Windows are a major source of heat loss. Consider installing storm or thermal windows. ENERGY STAR® windows save you energy and money, increase the comfort of your home and protect your valuable possessions from sun damage. A less expensive alternative is plastic sheeting, which can be fastened over windows to retain heat.
  • Set the thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees during the winter, and 58 degrees when away from the house for more than a few hours. Before sleeping, lower the thermostat and add an extra blanket for warmth.
  • Keep heat registers and air-return vents clear. Your furnace must be able to circulate air freely to work efficiently. Arrange your furniture with heating economy in mind.
  • Heat rises, so use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor. Ceiling fans can also help circulate warm air into the living area.
  • Use drapes, shutters, awnings, shade trees, glass with reflective film and/or solar screens to keep your house cooler in the summer. Let sunlight in during the winter to help warm your house.
  • When buying new appliances, compare energy efficiency ratings and annual operating costs. A slightly higher initial cost for a high-efficiency appliance could be paid back quickly through energy savings and lower utility bills.
  • Eliminate air leaks in your home with caulking, sealants or weather stripping. Look for leaks around windows, doors, plumbing, ducts and electrical outlets.
  • Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close dampers on unused fireplaces.
  • Check to see if the attic and walls have the recommended levels of insulation.