Tracking where your energy dollars go will help you put together a step-by-step plan that you can implement to start saving energy almost immediately. Heating And Cooling Your home’s heating and cooling system account for 45 percent of the energy you use at home.

You can save money by:

Installing a programmable thermostat.

Sealing any air leaks between exterior doors and windows.

Adding insulation to attics or basements.

Have your HVAC equipment serviced annually.

Water Heating Depending on your family size, your water heater stands next in life for using the most energy dollars after heating and cooling.

Lower these costs by:

Insulating the water heater with a fiberglass blanket, available at home improvement stores. Fixing leaky faucets.

Installing low-flow shower heads and aerators on sinks. Lowering the temperature of the water heater to 120 degrees.

Laundry- Ten percent of your energy costs may be associated with the washer and dryer.

Saving money is easy if you:

Wash only full loads.

Use cold or warm water instead of hot water for most loads.

Replace your washer with a front loader. These use far less water and generally extract more water from the clothes, saving on the costs of drying them.

Dishwashing- Like clothes washers, run dishwashers when the load is full. These use the same amount of water and electricity full as they do for smaller loads.

Skip the dry cycle on your washer. Most of the time the heat from the water is sufficient to dry the contents.

Electronics- Although they may be off, many electronics throughout your home drain power, like DVD players and televisions. Turning off the power strips they are plugged into will save you money.

Lighting- Switching to CFL and LED light bulbs save electricity.

Pipe Works Services in Morris County can help you lower your heating and cooling costs through maintenance and service. Please contact us to schedule a visit. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy dollars and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas.

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