- Consider using solid-state dimmers with your incandescent
lights. When you finish using a reading or work light,
you can dim it for general room illumination.
- Choose light-colored, translucent lampshades.
- If you have a heat pump system, leave all doors and
vents open to ensure proper airflow.
- Turn off computer equipment that won't be in use for
several hours. Enable "sleep" function to power
down for shorter periods.
- Unfortunately, windows can also account for 10% to 25%
of your heating bill. During the summer, sunny windows
make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
- If your home has single-pane windows, as almost half
of U.S. homes do, consider replacing them with new double-pane
windows with high-performance glass.
- Vinyl and fiberglass windows offer higher energy efficiency
- In warmer climates, select windows with spectrally selective
coatings to reduce heat gain.
- Use your shades. Closing drapes and shades – especially
on southern windows – will help keep the sun out
and your home cool. Cover eastern windows in the mornings
and western windows in the afternoon.
- Ask York Electric Cooperative to install a surge suppressor
at the base of your electric meter. You can also purchase
individual surge suppressors for your computer, TV, telephone,
stereo and other electronic equipment.
- Close heating vents or radiators in rooms you don't