(Closed) Energy saving tips

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

buy draft guards for some of your doors (or stuff with towels) and close off certain rooms of your house if you can. make sure your windows aren’t drafty. do you have 2 heating systems, or is it all on one? if you have 2, you could leave 1 turned off and spend the majority of your time in the other part of the house.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We used to keep our house at 73 and now it’s at 66. We dropped about $80 off our bill each month =].

We also bought one of those electric fireplaces that uses pennies a day or something. It really helps. We also block the door to the basement–last year it was open!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

More effective than just turning your overall house temps down is what is called “zone heating”.  Basically, you turn the temps way down all over, and only heat the areas you are currently occupying.  So, you could turn down the house heat to 60 or 62, and then use efficient space heaters for your office (or the living room or bedroom at night).  The trick is, you need to shut the doors to keep the heat in the “zone” you’re in at the time.  We use this all the time since our upstairs and downstairs are basically two different systems.  Make sure you’re using an efficient or energy star rated space heater, though, or it’s not going to save any on your energy bills.  It also might not be as effective if you have high ceilings, a really open floor plan, etc…

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I live in a rental and there is ‘supposedly’ a meter per unit, but I think it’s a total scam. The reason I think so is because for the month of June, when we got married and were only in our apartment for 7 days total and don’t even have an air conditioner, our bill was the highest it’s ever been. I know it’s because of everyone elses air conditioners and they were just taking an average. There is no other explanation since we unplugged and turned off everything and weren’t even home to run the dishwasher or microwave.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I feel your pain, my comfortable temperature is mid 80s.  But because we’re cheap our house is set at 60 now and sometimes below that, but the weather here as been in the 20s and teens. 

Check your windows for drafts and cover them in that plastic stuff.  Also draft guards by the doors.  Fire in the fireplace if you have one.  Open the drapes for windows that the sun comes in during the day and then put them back over the windows once the sun goes down.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Mrs. Spring:yes zone heating! that’s what i was describing, i just couldn’t remember the word.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@moderndaisy:my building works this way too, but they don’t pretend to have individual meters. they just divide all of the bills based on square footage. it’s absolutely awful — no one has an incentive to reduce their energy use, because nothing you do will make your bill lower.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does your energy company do audits?  A lot of companies are starting to do free energy audits for home owners as part of “going green.”  At least it would be a place to start in looking for areas to improve on.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@KLP2010:

Do you have a basement or crawl space? You lose A LOT of heat through the crawl space if it’s uninsulated.

How are your windows? Old or new? Old windows are super drafty, use window insulation kits.

Even if you have new windows how’s the caulking around the perimeter? Inside AND outside.

And the other question is was the bill from a actual reading or guessed from last year’s usage?

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We actually had an energy guy come around the house yesterday to make suggestions and stuff and tell us about rebate programs the state has.

If you have an attic, make sure the insulation is at least 8 inches and there are no gaps.
If you have an attic and have the drop down ladder, get a cover for it, since that thin plywood is not insulating at all.
Get the window insulation kits, another layer helps, even if you have double pane windows.
Curtains help too, once again, any layer of cold air that isnt free to move will help.
If you have ceiling fans, turn them on low, that will help move the hot air that rises around the room.

Sounds like you’ve got the rest down with making sure theres no drafts and closing off unused spaces.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Did you guys opt for spray foam insulation at your crawl space? We got a quote and it was ridiculous! This isn’t our forever home so we opted to just use regular batt insulation but if it was our forever home we would have splurged for the spray foam as well.

Having the insulation done at the crawl space helped a TON.

We also have new windows everywhere and still use the window insulation kits. It’s a noticeable difference when those go up.

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