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Energy Efficient New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions! We often have goals to save for a vacation, spend more time with loved ones, go to that play at the local theatre, or try a new restaurant.

Here are some tips to consider to help improve the efficiency of your home heating strategy in the new year.

  • Consider capping your propane or heating oil costs. With Cap Pricing, you simply pay a small fee to ensure that your price will never go higher than the capped price. But should prices go down, you get the benefit of paying the lower price.
  • Setting up a budget plan is also helpful so you can spread your heating costs out over the entire year and have a consistent payment each month.
  • In the home, keep vents clear of furniture and appliances so your furnace can work more efficiently.
  • Make sure that your heating system is in good working order as dirty filters can restrict airflow and make your system operate less efficiently.

 

If you have any questions on these tips or how Irving Energy can help you with your home heating needs in 2015, you can reach us at 1.888.310.1924.

 

Happy New Year from Irving Energy!

 

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7 “Definitely not Easy but More Than Worth It” Energy Saving Tips from Irving Customers

We asked our customers to tell us their best energy saving tip(s). And with over 800 responses, we were excited that so many people wanted to share their energy saving ideas.

Below you’ll find Part 4 of our energy savings tips; the definitely not easy, spend serious money and save more than you can imagine tips.

  1. Send your kids to college. They will no longer be at home to take very long hot showers and crank up the thermostat (unfortunately, college is expensive)
  2. Consider installing an energy efficient furnace. If your furnace is 15 years or older, it is most likely 50% efficient. A new furnace would be more than 90% efficient
  3. Install energy efficient triple-pane windows. Inefficient windows are a major source of lost heat
  4. Divide your home into heating zones each with its own thermostat and only heat the zones that are in use
  5. If you have an electric hot water heater, consider getting a propane or oil hot water heater. Electricity is very expensive
  6. Consider getting a front-load washer. It uses 40% less water and 50% less energy per load than a top-load washer
  7. Refrigerators account for 11% of your energy costs. Consider purchasing a more efficient one

 

Read Part 1 of 4, the energy saving tips you can do at home right now.

Read Part 2 of 4, the the easy, go to the hardware store first energy saving tips.

Read Part 3 of 4, the spend a little money and save a lot energy saving tips.

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15 “Not so Easy but Worth It” Energy Saving Tips from Irving Customers

We asked our customers to tell us their best energy saving tip(s). And with over 800 responses, we were excited that so many people wanted to share their energy saving ideas.

Below you’ll find Part 3 of our energy savings tips; the not so easy, spend a little money and save a lot tips.

 

  1. Install and use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re at work
  2. Use a space heater to heat a specific space so that you can turn down your thermostat for your entire home
  3. Buy an inexpensive dryer vent that allows you to either vent outside or inside. In the winter, you can vent the hot air from your electric dryer into your basement. Be sure to watch out for moisture problems
  4. Change the filters on your heating equipment
  5. Insulate your hot/cold water pipes
  6. Install a timer on your hot water heater so that it only comes on in the morning and in the evening
  7. Install an outdoor sensor that turns off your boiler when it is a certain temperature outside
  8. Place a boiler jacket over your boiler to keep in insulated
  9. Use a power strip to plug in appliances, televisions, computers, etc. so that you can completely shut them off when not in use. If you don’t, they will still use electricity
  10. Make sure you properly seal doors, windows, recessed ceiling lights and skylights
  11. Install a bathroom fan with an automatic humidity sensor. The fan will be on just long enough to remove excess moisture and then turns itself off to save electricity
  12. Aluminum tape wrapped around joints in heating and cooling ducts can help reduce costly air leakage
  13. Shrink wrap unused doors and windows to prevent drafts and cover bulkheads and lofts
  14. Turn off your pilot light in the spring
  15. Tell your kids to close the doors and don’t touch the thermostat

 

Read Part 1 of 4, the energy saving tips you can do at home right now.

Read Part 2 of 4, the the easy, go to the hardware store first energy saving tips.

Read Part 4 of 4, the definitely not easy, but more than worth it energy saving tips.

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11 “Easy but not yet Difficult” Energy Saving Tips from Irving Customers

We asked our customers to tell us their best energy saving tip(s). And with over 800 responses, we were excited that so many people wanted to share their energy saving ideas.

Below you’ll find Part 2 of 4 of our energy savings tips; the easy, go to the hardware store first tips.

 

  1. Get your furnace cleaned and tuned every year
  2. Replace your indoor and outdoor light bulbs with super energy efficient LED bulbs
  3. Replace plug wall plates with insulated ones since heat can escape if they are not insulated
  4. Install a water saver flush kit in your toilet
  5. Install thermal drapes to help prevent heat from escaping during the night
  6. Look under you sinks to see if the areas around where your drain pipes enter the wall are open. If so, use a small amount of expanding foam to seal these areas
  7. Install a low-flow shower head. This can save you water
  8. Use a hot plate if you only need to use one burner
  9. Use a humidifier to make your home feel warmer. This also helps with dry skin
  10. Place seating and beds against internal walls of your home
  11. Hang your laundry outside to dry instead of using a dryer (weather permitting)

 

Read Part 1 of 4, the energy saving tips you can do at home right now.

Read Part 3 of 4, the spend a little money and save a lot energy saving tips.

Read Part 4 of 4, the definitely not easy, but more than worth it energy saving tips.

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17 “Very Easy” Energy Saving Tips from Irving Customers

We asked our customers to tell us their best energy saving tip(s). And with over 800 responses, we were excited that so many people wanted to share their energy saving ideas.

Below you’ll find Part 1of 4 of our energy savings tips; the very easy, go home and do them now tips.

 

  1. When doing laundry, always throw in a large dry towel – this will cut drying time almost in half
  2. Open curtains and blinds when the sun is out to heat your home with passive solar energy
  3. Wash clothes in cold water and make sure it’s a full load
  4. Keep your freezer out in the garage where it is cold, so it doesn’t use as much energy
  5. You can save up to 50% of your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven
  6. Grab a blanket and cuddle up instead of turning up the heat, or cuddle with your pets
  7. Cook with your family and leave the oven door open to let the extra heat warm your home. These two things will make your kitchen warm and cozy
  8. When baking or cooking, you don’t need to keep the gas on until the item is done; spaghetti can be brought to a boil, then turn off the heat and let it sit for a minute or two longer than usual. For baking, cut off the last 5-10 minutes
  9. Only run a dishwasher when it’s full
  10. Use ceiling fans to circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling
  11. Dress in layers and wear slippers around the house instead of turning up the thermostat
  12. Place a rug up against the bottom of the doors to block any possible drafts
  13. Exercise in your home
  14. Make sure the lights are off in rooms that aren’t being used
  15. Don’t take baths, only take short showers
  16. Turn on your electric blanket before getting into bed so you can hop into a warm bed
  17. When you need a warm facecloth, rather than running the hot water, dampen the cloth and pop it in the microwave for 10 or 15 seconds

 

Read Part 2 of 4, the tips that might need a trip to the hardware store.

Read Part 3 of 4, the spend a little money and save a lot energy saving tips.

Read Part 4 of 4, the definitely not easy, but more than worth it energy saving tips.

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