How To Save Energy

How To Save Energy

 

Close the flue damper in a wood-burning fireplace to keep air-conditioned air from going up the chimney.

 

Use appliances at night to help reduce the energy load on your power provider.

 

The “peak hours” are the busiest for electric utilities, and during summer those hours are typically between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. You can help keep costs down by doing some of your household chores before or after peak hours.

 

Close shades, blinds, or drapes on east-, south-, and west-facing windows to reflect heat away from the house. Better yet, install awnings to repel heat before it reaches windows and doors.

 

When showering, turn on a bathroom exhaust fan to remove humidity. If using an air conditioner, don’t let the exhaust fan run longer than necessary because it will remove expensive air-conditioned air.

 

For clothes that need ironing, remove them from the dryer while they are still damp. While the iron is hot, iron several items rather than just one or two.

 

For safety and energy efficiency, install solar powered or low- voltage lights along garden paths and walkways.

 

Plant an evergreen tree wind-break on the northern and northwestern sides of your home to block cold winter winds.

 

As you prepare your home for those upcoming colder months, weatherize doors and windows with caulking, weather stripping and plastic to prevent cold air from entering your home.

 

Don’t forget to save an additional 5 percent during the annual Energy Sales Tax Holiday in Virginia.

 

How To Save Energy

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