Energy Saving Tips to Start Now
Saving money at home is high on the priority list for many homeowners, and energy use is often the culprit of bloated bills. To help reduce energy bills, Dominion Energy offers several other ways to curb usage:
"No customer should have to be cold this winter because they can't afford to pay their electric bill," says Corynne Arnett, vice president of Customer Service with Dominion Energy. "
Small adjustments can make a big difference in your energy bills. Help reduce energy waste and save money by:
Lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees. Learn more about your thermostat settings and energy savings by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy website.
Sealing air leaks. Seal all holes from pipes and wires that enter/exit the living space, including entrances, pull-downs and attic stair openings, light fixtures, pipes and wires.
Sealing duct work. Make sure that all duct work is sealed at joints and intersections with duct sealer or silicone caulk. Ducts can be sealed using foil-backed tape or silicone caulking.
Changing your furnace filters monthly. This is the number one reason for furnace breakdowns. Inspect heating and cooling equipment annually, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Have a professional check and clean furnaces once a year.
Weather-stripping doors, windows and attic entryways. Inspect windows and doors for air leaks. If you can see daylight around a door or window frame, then the door or window needs sealing. Air leaks can be sealed with caulking or weather-stripping. Insulate attic entryways.