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CVEC Energy Saving Facts and Figures
- Winter is coming! Give your water heater a warm jacket
if it sits in an unheated space. Adding insulation can
reduce standby heat loss by about 35% and reduce
water heating costs by close to 10%. Insulating your
storage water heater tank isn't difficult or expensive and
it will pay for itself quickly, since water heating can
consume 15¢ of your energy dollar.
- Heating and cooling eats up 55¢ of your energy dollar.
To save, set your thermostat at 68°. Also, be aware
that a heat pump is less efficient as the temperature
approaches 32°, which is when the resistance heat
option kicks in, costing you more to heat your living
space. A safe and efficient secondary heat source can save
you money compared to a heat pump alone.
- Lower your thermostat 3° and save 10-15% on your
- Watch those space heaters. They use about 1500 watts,
which is about 13¢ per hour on the CVEC system, more on
others. If one ran half of the hours in the day, then it
would cost you $48 during that month.
- Consider adding programmable thermostats. Cut back on
heating when everyone is asleep in bed or away to work.
Program the thermostat to raise the temperature in time
for breakfast or when you get home.
- Change out the 5 most frequently used light fixtures in
your home with compact fluorescent bulbs. They use
¼ of the energy of incandescent bulbs and
will save you more than $50 over the lifespan of
the CFL (8000 hr life vs. 1000 hr for incandescent).
- Entertaining for the holidays? Keep the oven door closed
or risk losing 30°. Use an ice cooler for cold beverages
to keep the fridge cold. A bathroom fan can empty all of
the warm air from your home in about an hour. Use an
energy star TV to watch the holiday specials.
- Conserve heated water. Set the water heater thermostat to
115°. A water heater consumes about 40¢ per hour
to operate. Use cold water to wash clothes when
possible. The water heater can consume 80% of the
energy required for washing clothes.
- Take showers since they only use 10 gallons of water
while a bath requires 15-25 gallons of water. A family of
four taking 5 minute showers will use 700 gallons of
water / week.
- Find out where you are losing heat:
- 31% of heat escapes from the floors, walls
& ceilings. Insulate & seal.
- 15% of heat escapes from uninsulated or
- 14% of your heat could go up the flue. 24,000
cubic feet of warm air can pass through a chimney in
1 hour, equal to all the air in a 3000 sf. home. That
is like having an open 48 inch window open in the
Want to learn more? Learn about CVEC's
online home energy audits.
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