Did you know that you can receive financial incentives up to $4,000 from the State of New Jersey for reducing your total energy usage? For more information on how Harriett’s can help you qualify for ENERGY STAR rebates click here. Or click here to find out more about the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
Excited to get started on energy conservation and saving money? We’ve gathered a list of our favorite quick tips that any homeowner can do on their own:
- Install a programmable thermostat. Not only will you manage your heating and cooling system, you will also lower your utility bills.
- Don’t run the drying cycle on your dishwasher, you’ll save money by letting them air dry.
- When you leave a room, double check to be sure you have turned off lights, TVs, computers and monitors.
- Utilize power strips. Plug all home electronics such as TVs & DVD players into them so when you aren’t viewing, you can turn them off with one button. Most home electronics still draw power while in stand-by mode.
- Be sure your water heater thermostat is set to 120° F.
- Take shorter showers instead of baths.
- Update your shower heads with low-flow models.
- Don’t run your washing machine or dishwasher, unless it has a full load.
- Consider air drying your laundry.
- Install sensors, dimmers, or timers on lights in and around your home based on patterns in your family’s use.
- When you turn on your heating or cooling system, check to be sure all windows and doors are closed securely.
- Be sure your fireplace damper is closed when not in use.
- Make sure your major appliances as well as your heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Well-maintained equipment runs more efficiently.
- Consider sealing your fireplace flue with an inflatable chimney balloon or another device to keep it sealed when not in use.
- Replace any door bottoms or thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
- Check for air leaks at any point where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring passes through walls, floors, or ceiling as well as soffits over cabinets. If you find any gaps, seal with caulk or weather stripping.
- Fill large gaps around windows, baseboard,s or any other entry point to your home with a foam sealant.
- Add insulation to your attic including the access door.
- Clean or replace furnace and air conditioner filters as recommended (usually once a month).
- When replacing appliances or heating or cooling systems, be sure to look for Energy Star labels and compare efficiency between models.
Hungry for even more? Our favorite resource for homeowners on energy conservation and saving money can be found in the Energy Savers booklet put together by the US Department of Energy. For more information visit our resource page. Read More