If you heat your home with electric baseboards, or you have a heating system that runs off of propane or fuel oil, you should consider installing an air source heat pump (ASHP). Because the ASHP moves heat rather than generating it, they are often 2-3 times more efficient than conventional electric-heating systems and also much cheaper to operate than fuel-oil and propane systems. They are also more efficient than other types of air-conditioning systems, providing additional savings during the summer.
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Laptop computers and inkjet printers consume up to 90% less energy than standard desktop computers and printers.
Ground water can enter basements and crawlspaces, causing damage to the foundation and floor material, and promoting mold growth. Check for signs of seepage and leakage, and take appropriate action, such as installing sump pumps, etc.
This saves substantial amounts of energy (both from washing and heating water) and water. Smaller load settings should also be used, if available. Prewashing dishes is usually unnecessary.
ENERGY STAR® certified dishwashers use 25% less energy than conventional dishwashers.
Older, metal-frame, and single-pane glass doors cause energy loss year round. Ensure your new glass doors are multi-paned, have insulated frames and are installed without any air leaks.
It's easier for a clean humidifier to maintain your preferred humidity setting. Make sure to clean your humidifier each month and set it to 20% (or as close as possible) to save energy.
This will help save energy. If you have health problems impacted by humidity, consult your physician to determine the minimum-required humidity level.
Pools should be watertight, but sealants deteriorate, and parts of your pool shift and crack, which can cause leaks. Even a small pool leak can cause major problems if it is not found and repaired quickly.
Efficient doors can help improve comfort, while reducing heating and cooling costs. Home improvement retailers can help select the right products for your application. Look for ENERGY STAR® models.