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Invest in Efficiency


The benefits of some home efficiency investments aren’t seen as quickly as others. Here’s how a few upgrades compare over time:


(mini) Home Energy Audit Clip this list and check each area of your home to see if you’re using energy efficiently. Every nook and cranny holds potential inefficiencies, so it pays to be thorough! Visit www.energysavers.gov for more information on what’s listed below.


INSULATION and DUCTWORK


Attic  Insulation spread evenly  Insulation in good condition  Attic vents are unblocked by insulation


 Attic access doors properly insulated and sealed


Walls and floors  Minimum R-value of 19 for perimeter walls  Minimum R-value of 25 for under-floor insulation


Set Water Heater to 1200 No Cost; Save $73/yr


Open Window Blinds in Winter; Close in Summer No Cost; Save $35/yr


Adjust Thermostat 10 Down in Winter, 10 Up in Summer No Cost; Save $82/yr


R-Value indicates an insulation's resistance to heat flow (the higher the better). Insulation should meet R-values recommended for your specific climate.


Basement  Ductwork insulated and sealed  Hot water pipes insulated  Water heater insulated, if in unconditioned space


HEATING and COOLING


 Air supply vents are unblocked by furniture or curtains  Return air registers are unblocked by furniture  Return air handler filters are clean  HVAC system has had annual maintenance check-up  Programmable thermostat installed and programmed


AIR INFILTRATION


ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Costs $194 extra; Save $140/yr


ENERGY STAR Refrigerator Costs $97 extra; Save $100/yr


Wrap Hot Water Tank Costs $85; Save $23/yr


Upgrade to ENERGY STAR Heat Pump (From 10 to 15 SEER) Costs $5,700; Save $408/yr


Find more ways to save at TogetherWeSave.com.


Source: U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Saver, Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives. Based on national average savings; actual savings will vary by climate.


Windows and Doors  Windows close and lock properly  Window gaskets in good condition  Window trim sealed and painted  Doors properly weather stripped  Doors close and latch properly


Exterior Penetrations Plumbing and wire openings sealed:  Kitchen cabinets  Bathroom cabinets  Utility room


 Fireplace damper sealed tightly APPLIANCES and LIGHTING


 Refrigerator condenser coils clean  Refrigerator door gasket tight  Unused refrigerators and freezers unplugged  Water heater set to 120 degrees or below  Dishwasher energy-saving feature turned on  Washing machine loads run with cold water when possible


Well Pump  Operating properly  Good pressure  No leaks


Lighting  Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) used  Outdoor lighting automatically triggered by motion or dark


Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association News Magazine 23





Long Term Investment


1-5 Year Payback


Instant Benefit


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