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Here are some of my notes from working with James Jackson, energy efficiency auditor for Flint Energies:

–  if you have powered vents on your roof, disconnect them.  They depressurize your attic which depressurizes your home.  It is now against building code to have powered vents.

– Play Stations and XBoxes use up to 5 times as much energy as your refrigerator.  Always unplug them when not using.

– A dorm size refrigerator uses about as much energy as a full size refrigerator.

– ALL doors and vents in home should be open for maximum efficiency.

– LP gas fireplaces, when in use, vacuum warm air from home and it goes up the flu.  It costs more energy than when not in use.

– Thermostats:  This info refers to HEAT settings only.  If you come home and are still cold from being outside, and you head for the thermostat and turn it 3 or more degrees higher, the Emergency Heat will come on to help meet this demand.  So you are paying for regular heat AND also Emergency Heat – a big double whammy!  Never increase the heat setting more than 2 degrees at a time.  After the 2 degree increase has been accomplished by the heater, you can increase it another 2 degrees.  If you have a programmable thermostat, you can program it to do the same thing.  We like our night-time temperature to be 64 degrees in the winter but want our daytime temperature to be 68 degrees.  So we program for 64 degrees at 10:30 pm.  Then we program for 66 degrees at 5 am.  By 7 am the temperature has reached the 66 degree point, so we program for 68 degrees at 7 am. This way, we never trigger the Emergency Heat. 

 Note:  most thermostats will shine a bright but tiny red light when Emergency Heat is running. 

Susan

For more energy saving tips, go to:
http://www.togetherwesave.com/