Then Go Green with Yankee Oil and let us help you! As technology gets more advanced, there are many products that Yankee Oil offers than can help you save on your energy costs. From programmable thermostats to new high efficient boilers and furnaces, Yankee Oil will help you save some green!!!
More than half of the energy used in your home goes to heating, cooling and hot water. So making smart decisions about these systems in your home can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort.
As a homeowner, you make countless decisions about home improvements that add personality, comfort and value. From the carpeting, tile and cabinets, to the windows, doors and plumbing fixtures, these choices make your house a home.
Grab that free, low-hanging fruit
First, the freebies. These strategies may sound simplistic, but they work well:
Turn down the thermostat
“The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat” full time, says Bill Prindle, deputy director for the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Turn down the thermostat 10 degrees when you go to work, and again when you go to bed — a total of 16 hours a day — and you can save about 14% on your heating bill, says Prindle.
Use fans wisely
In just one hour, a hard-working bathroom or kitchen fan can expel a houseful of warm air, according to the Department of Energy. Turn them off as soon as they’ve done their job.
Keep the fireplace damper closed
Heat rises, and an open damper is like a hole in the roof. Also, limit use of the fireplace, since fires actually suck heat from a room, says Harvey Sachs, director of ACEEE’s buildings program. Close off seldom-used rooms. And shut the vents inside.
Turn down the water heater
Lowering the temperature of water in the water heater to 115-120 degrees reduces power use often without a noticeable difference to the user, says Prindle.
Keep heating vents clear
Vents blocked by rugs and furniture prevent heated air from circulating efficiently.
Opening curtains and shades on south-facing windows during the day allows solar radiation to warm a living space; closing all curtains at night helps retard the escape of that heat.
Web sites on the topic abound, but one of the best is run by the Department of Energy.
So you’ve put the easiest, and free, ideas to work. Now you can really make a dent in that heating bill with one cheap trip to a hardware store (Home Depot, for example, has all of the items below) and a few hours of work
Block that leak!
The small gaps surrounding windows, doors and other areas in the American house, taken together, are like a 9-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group’s “30 Simple Energy Things You Can Do to Save the Earth.”
- Tips Courtesy of http://realestate.msn.com/
• Whenever possible, hang your laundry outdoors to dry
• Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun
• Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt
• Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10 – 13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy
• Lower the temperature of your water heater from 140° to 120°
• Don’t leave the fridge door open!
• Choose a high-efficiency clothes washer and dryer
• Defrost food before cooking – you could save 30% to 50% on cooking costs
•And pre-heat your oven only for baking.
• Install water-conserving fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets and toilets
• Fix leaky faucets. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons per month – more than a person uses in two weeks
• Install a programmable thermostat. When properly used, it could save as much as $100 or more off your annual heating bill
- Tips courtesy of http://www.oilheatamerica.com/