General Energy Efficiency
- Heat tape basics document – this has calculations for energy use and costs of heat tape and best practices for operating heat tape
Electric Baseboard Heat
- Uses 250 watts per foot
- 40 feet of baseboard uses 10,000 watts and can cost $252/month if baseboard is on 8 hours/day
- Set thermostats to 50 degrees when home is vacant
- Rooms with no plumbing (be sure no plumbing is in the walls), turn off baseboard and close door
- Switch out old thermostats to Mysa smart thermostat* or line-voltage programmable thermostats
- Set thermostats 8-10 degrees lower when gone for a few hours or while sleeping
- Turn up the temperature with your smart phone an hour before arriving home
- Want to reduce winter heating bills up to 50%?
- Consider heat pumps that provide both heating and cooling for a fraction of the cost
- Cold climate heat pumps use inverter technology to work below zero
- Ductless makes them easy to install
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- Smart or programmable thermostats can save as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning thermostat back seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day from its normal setting, according to the Department of Energy.
- Old thermostats may not be calibrated correctly and could be cycling heat on more frequently
- Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature via your smart phone
- Programmable thermostats come in a variety of options such as 5-2 programming: one setting for weekdays and one for weekends.
- Mysa smart thermostat works with electric baseboard
- Light up any room with LED bulbs
- Benefits of LED lighting
- Instant on
- Long lasting: 25,000 to 50,000 hours
- Not hot to the touch so keeps rooms cooler
- Lower wattage means lower electric bills
- Save $5.75 per year for switching out one 60-watt bulb to 9-watt LED
- Imagine the savings if all bulbs were switched to LED
- Variety of color temperatures available to fit your mood and décor
- Best value in lighting today; purchase Energy Star rated bulbs
- How to choose the right bulb
- Lumens = brightness; higher the lumens brighter the light
- Color temperature = kelvin; 2700 warm light to 5000k white light
- Do not wait until a cold shower lets you know the water heater needs replacing. Most tank water heaters last 8-12 years so act before you are left taking a cold shower!
- Use this guide to help determine which water heater best meets your need.
- Holy Cross offers $450 rebate for heat pump (hybrid) water heater; reduces water heating bill up to 60% from electric tank water heater
Even more water heating tips
- Lower your water heater setting Lowering your temperature setting a few degrees can save energy. Lowering your temperature to under 120 degrees can save you up to 10 percent on your water heater costs.
- Water heater maintenance To remove sediment, it may be a good idea to drain a bucketful of water from your water heater every month. However, you should do this only if your water heater is less than a year old or if it has been drained regularly. If it hasn’t been drained regularly, the drain valve could become clogged, and you might not be able to shut it again.
- Insulate your water heater Don’t install a water heater in an unheated storage room or garage. If your unit is in a location that’s exposed to cold temperatures, insulating the unit and the pipes will help to reduce costs associated with it. Use a water heater blanket to wrap around the water heater. But be careful not to insulate the top or bottom of a gas-operated or oil-operated water heater because it may interfere with venting. Use pipe wrap to wrap hot water pipes going out of the water heater.
- Save more with these tips
- Take a shower instead of a bath: Typically, a shower uses 10-20 gallons of water, while a bath uses 30. But don’t shower for more than five minutes.
- Fix that leaky faucet: One drop of water per second equals 60 gallons of water a week. A leak that would fill a coffee cup in 10 minutes would waste 3,280 gallons of water in a year.
- Use cold water when you can: Modern detergents allow you to use cold water more than ever before. Eighty to 85 percent of the energy used in washing clothes is from heating the water.
- Install high efficiency shower heads and aerators: Save up to 50 percent on hot water use. There are different types of high efficiency shower heads and aerators for faucets. They all reduce water usage without being noticeable and you can purchase at HCEstore.com
Plug Loads (stuff plugged into the wall)
- Did you know that the typical American home has 40 products constantly drawing power? That can add up to 10% of your monthly electric bill.
- Consider plugging electronics and appliances into an advanced power strip. Learn more by watching the video or visiting standby.gov