Toby Tips for Comfort

Toby's Tips for ComfortTip #1: Check your insulation and air sealing  levels throughout your home. Proper insulation and air sealing can lead to improved home comfort and energy savings. Air 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. For energy efficiency, your home should be properly insulated from the roof down to its foundation. You need insulation in your home to provide resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs.

Tip# 2: You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat. Recommended settings for energy savings is 78 degrees in summer and 68 degrees in the winter.

Tip#3: Appliances and Electronics make up about 20% of a home’s energy usage. To save money try using a power controlling device for older appliances; this will reduce overall energy consumption of the appliance’s electric motor. These power-controlling devices basically regulate the power delivered to an appliance’s motor by continuously adjusting the 60 cycle since wave from the utility to match changes in the load on the motor. If you are going to be gone all day simply unplugged major electronics such as computers and the big screen television. Electronics even if turned “off” use a significant amount of energy by unplugging them energy savings will be captured

Tip#4:  If your water heater is an older model consider upgrading to a newer unit. Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home or pool and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies. Also consider using alternative sustainable energy resources.

Tip#5: Consider replacing your windows to newer energy efficient windows that will add value and style to your home. Additionally your purchase may qualify for state or federal rebates/credits. Check with your Derryberry representative

Tip#6: Replace your lights bulbs with longer lasting more energy efficient bulbs such as halogen incandescent, light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescents (CFLs). You can save energy while maintaining good light quantity and quality. Maximize the use of natural daylight in your home to further reduce the need for artificial lighting.