Inexpensive Energy Solutions
Every home is different. With a quick trip to your local hardware store, you have even more choices at hand.
Plug your home’s leaks. Install weather-stripping or caulk leaky doors and windows and install gaskets behind outlet covers. Savings up to 10 percent on energy costs.
Install low-flow showerheads. If you do not already have them, low-flow showerheads and faucets can drastically cut your hot water expenses. Savings of 10-16 percent of water heating costs.
Wrap the hot water tank with jacket insulation. This is especially valuable for older water heaters with little internal insulation. Be sure to leave the air intake vent uncovered when insulating a gas water heater. Savings up to 10 percent on water heating costs.
Good Energy-Saving Investments
Do you need any new appliances, or are you planning to do some remodeling? Consider these energy efficiency suggestions before you purchase.
Choose ENERGY STAR appliances. When buying new appliances, choose ENERGY STAR-certified models.
Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly, programmable thermostats can reduce energy costs by 10-15 percent.
Increase ceiling insulation. If your ceiling is uninsulated or scantily insulated, consider increasing your insulation to up to R-38 to reduce heating costs by 5-25 percent.
Seal ducts. Leaking ductwork accounts for more than 25 to 30 percent of heating costs in an average California home. Consider hiring a contractor to test the tightness of your ducts and repair leaks and restrictions in your ducts. Check out the Flex Your Power Web site for rebate and consumer programs.
High-efficiency windows. If you are planning to replace your windows, choosing ENERGY STAR windows can reduce your heating costs by up to 15 percent.