ENERGY SAVING TIPS

Air Sealing

Air SealingAir leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Properly air sealing such cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment.

It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation because it can't be controlled. During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house. When it's warmer and less windy, not enough air may enter. Air infiltration also can contribute to problems with moisture control. Moldy and dusty air can enter a leaky house through such areas as attics or foundations. This air in the house could cause health problems.

The recommended strategy in both new and old homes is to reduce air leakage as much as possible and to provide controlled ventilation as needed.

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Note that air sealing alone can't replace the need for proper insulation throughout your home, which is needed to reduce heat flow

Lighting

An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting.  Switching to energy efficient lighting is one of teh fastest ways to cut your energy bills.  Timers and motion sensors save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used.

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are solid light bulbs which are extremely energy-efficient.  When first developed, LEDs were limited to single-bulb use in applications such as instrucment panels, electronics, pen lights and, more recently, strings of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights.  A significant feature of LEDs is that the light is directional, as opposed to incandescent bulbs which spread the light more spherically.  This is an advantage with recessed lighting or under-cabinet lighting, but is a disadvantage for table lamps.  New LED bulb designs address the directional limitation by using diffuser lenses and reflectors to disperse the light more linke an incandescent bulb.

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