Energy Efficiency Improvements Pay Off Like Never Before
Small changes can have a big impact on improving your energy efficiency. The extra bonus? You’ll save money, too.
We’ve put together some tips to help you use energy more efficiently. Taking just one or two of these recommended steps can make a big difference in reducing your annual heating bill.
- Contact North Shore Oil & Propane to have your heating system regularly inspected, cleaned and tested for efficiency and proper operation. A heating system that runs well is more efficient and will save you money.
- Invest in a thermostat timer that lowers your home’s temperature when you are not at home. You can cut your annual heating bills by as much as 10% a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours per day.
- Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as ductwork, fans and vents.
- Install flow-restricting shower heads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50% without affecting shower pressure.
- Consider switching to a propane water heater. Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to one-third less to operate and they recover hot water twice as quickly as electric water heaters.
- Change or clean furnace filters monthly. Clean filters will increase the efficiency of your furnace. If you are on a monthly payment plan, use the receipt of your bill as a reminder.
- Run washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers with a full load.
- Turn down your water heater from the standard 120 degrees to 115 degrees. You can save more than 10% on your water heating bill.
- Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediments.
- Replacing a heating system or water heater? Buy the most efficient model available. Energy savings over the life of the equipment will easily justify the higher initial cost.
- Check your chimney and appliance vent systems at least once a year to ensure that all connections are secure.
- Keep vents and air returns clear of obstructions such as furniture, lint, dust, or pet hair.
- Visually inspect your oil tank for leaks.