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Energy Essentials

Below is information on what you the consumer can do in order to make your home energy efficient and have lower bills.

  • Set your heat pump at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
  • Set the water heater to 120 degrees unless you have a dishwasher that requires 140 degree water.
  • Use fluorescent lighting where possible.
  • Use energy efficient appliances.
  • Use high quality silicone caulk around doors, windows and other places where building materials are connected.
  • Eliminate moisture problems. If you have crawl space under your home, roll-out thick sheets of plastic across the dirt. In your attic make sure there is adequate ventilation to let moisture escape. When moisture builds up in your basement or attic, it can destroy the effectiveness of your insulation.
  • Duct leakage is a major problem in almost every home. Flex duct should be replaced with hard metal duct. All duct work should be sealed with a mastic paste and insulated. Duct tape does not permanently seal duct work.
  • If you’re building a new house or remodeling, choose insulated windows with low-e glass. The glassed area of your exterior should not exceed 10 to 15 percent of the exterior walls.
  • Upgrade older heating systems to more energy efficient models.
  • Use proper insulation.

If you need more assistance, you can contact Customer Service at 706-492-3251 for more information.