Is your January Energy Saving Check-list Complete???? JANUARY CHECK LIST
Have furnace and other gas appliances inspected for safety issues.
Clean or replace HVAC filters.
Clean ovens, stoves and vent hoods.
Add extra weather stripping to garage door.
We are entering a new time of the year when the trees begin to change to such beautiful colors. Along with the picturesque views here in the Birmingham area, we also are entering a time of the year when the weather gets colder.
TMI Real Estate has put together a list of useful energy saving tips. These suggested tips may help with your monthly utility expenses. Also, you may consider budget billing, especially for your gas services. Budget billing is when the bills are divided up over the entire year rather than just larger bills in the winter time. Below is a list of utility company phone numbers:
Alabama Power…………..(800) 245-2244 Alagasco………… (205) 326-2800
Bessemer Utilities…….…(205) 481-4333
We certainly trust that you have a great rest of the year in 2011 and looking forward to 2012!
If there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Amy Miller - TMI Real Estate 205-985-1010
Energy Saving Tips
Replace Light Bulbs
- Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save 75% off lighting costs.
- Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
Adjust Your Thermostat
- Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time, saving 5-20 percent of your heating costs (heat pumps should only be set back 2 degrees to prevent unneeded use of backup strip heating).
Be Smart About Lighting
- Turn off unnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with CFLs instead of overhead lights.
Power Down Your Computer
- Enable "power management" on all computers and make sure to turn them off at night. A laptop computer uses up to 90% less energy than bigger desktop models.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
- When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
Load Up Your Dishwasher
- Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. Fewer loads reduce energy and water use.
Maintain Your Clothes Dryer
- Make sure your dryer's outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load. When shopping for a new dryer look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when clothes are dry.
- Replace or clean furnace filters once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use
- Simply reducing that lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs. Cutting your showers in half will reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent
- Let the sunshine in. Open drapes and let the sun heat your home for free (get them closed again at sundown so they help insulate)