Energy saving tips
Knapp recommends you follow these easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy — and save money.
- Caulk and weather-strip around windows, doors, and other openings such as ducts, fans, and vents.
- Change your furnace filter monthly.
- Invest in a furnace thermostat timer that can save money by lowering your home’s temperature when you are not at home.
- Increase your water heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months.
- Vacuum the dust off the refrigerator coils (found in the back or underneath the unit) every three months.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater from the standard 120° to 115º.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air-dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.