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.
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