Save Money & Energy in Your Home

Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Dispose of Waste

Reduce and reuse by buying used or reusable items instead of disposable; look for products with less packaging; maintain and repair products instead of buying new; and borrow, rent, or share items that you use infrequently.


What to Do With Drafty Windows During the Fall and Winter Seasons


Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.

Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.

Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.


Summer Will Soon Be Gone: Then What?

Summer will soon be gone.  Below are some tips to help reduce energy consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home this winter:

  1. Use the sun for free heat.
  2. Bundle up with warm accessories.
  3. Use ceiling fans to your advantage.
  4. Adjust the thermostat at night.
  5. Only heat the rooms you use.
  6. Keep your furnace clean and unblocked.

Energy-Efficient That Saves You Money

MaxLite has been committed to providing energy-efficient lighting products for more than 20 years.  The company has expanded its line of LED Post Top Lamps with higher output models designed to replace 125- to 175-watt metal halide sources in enclosed outdoor lighting fixtures.

Click here to view the datasheet for the LED Post Top Lamps.


Microwaves and Energy Costs

Use Your Microwave Oven

 Your microwave requires about the same amount of energy per hour to operate as your electric oven. But, since it cooks food much more quickly, it saves you time and up to 75% in energy costs. In contrast, a gas oven costs about 50% less to operate than an electric oven.

Source: SDGE.com


Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Federal Income Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

A number of tax credits for residential energy efficiency have been renewed.  These tax credits are available for purchases made in 2016, as well as retroactive to purchases made in 2015.  ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment.  Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories.

For more details on federal tax credits, click here.

Source: Energy Star.gov


Purchasing Vented & Unvented Space Heaters


Space heaters are classified as vented and unvented or “vent-free.”  Unvented combustion units are not recommended for use inside your home, because they introduce unwanted combustion products into the living space—including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and water vapor—and deplete air in the space. Most states have banned unvented kerosene heaters for use in the home and at least five have banned the use of unvented natural gas heaters.

Vented units are designed to be permanently located next to an outside wall, so that the flue gas vent can be installed through a ceiling or directly through the wall to the outside. Look for sealed combustion or “100% outdoor air” units, which have a duct to bring outside into the combustion chamber. Sealed combustion heaters are much safer to operate than other types of space heaters, and operate more efficiently because they do not draw in the heated air from the room and exhaust it to the outdoors. They are also less likely to back-draft and adversely affect indoor air quality.

Less expensive (and less efficient) units use the room air for combustion. They do not have a sealed glass front to keep room air away from the fire and should not be confused with a sealed combustion heater.

For information about “Unvented” portable heaters click here.

Source: Energy.Gov