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The Propane, Heating and Cooling Company For the Central Delmarva Region

Energy Conservation Tips

 

Year-Round Conservation Tips

  • Purchase and install a programmable thermostat. When properly used, it can reduce annual energy bills by $100.
  • Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy.
  • Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Choose ENERGY STAR: When purchasing new appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR label. The ENERGY STAR rating program, developed through a partnership between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996, indicates which appliances are considered energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
  • Install water-conserving fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets and toilets.
  • Don't leave the fridge door open! Every time you do, up to 30% of the cooled air can escape. The same can be said for your oven.
  • Choose a high-efficiency dishwasher - they use 25% less energy than conventional models.

 

Cold Weather Conservation Tips

  • Invest in a high-efficiency water heater, which can provide plenty of hot water at a much lower operating cost than an older unit.
  • Repair weather stripping and caulking.
  • Wrap your pipes, to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.
  • Check your threshold for any gaps between it and the door. Use a bottom seal that can be attached to the bottom of the door - it should brush up against the floor to seal up the threshold. It virtually stops drafts.
  • Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
  • Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of good thermal insulation.
  • Avoid using space heaters. They're expensive to operate, and can be dangerous, too.
  • Install a water heater blanket for greater heating efficiency.

 

Warm Weather Conservation Tips

  • Clear furniture away from air conditioning vents.
  • Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
  • Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
  • Turn the air conditioner thermostat up to at least 78° or higher, or use a programmable thermostat. Turn air conditioners off when no one is home.
  • Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
  • Open windows on cool summer days and nights. But remember, a good rule of thumb is to keep the windows closed when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
  • Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
  • Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to block out the sun.