Home Improvement


  1. Replace traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) which use 75% less energy and have a 90% less heat output.
  2. One larger wattage bulb is more efficient than two smaller wattage bulbs.
  3. Don’t place lamps or televisions near your thermostat. The heat emitted from them can keep your air conditioner running longer than is necessary.
  4. Insulate your hot water pipes to prevent heat loss and lower your water heater setting.
  5. Replace old windows with high-performance windows that have a low U-value, low solar heat gain co-efficiency and an air leakage rating of 0.3 cubic feet per minute or less.
  6. Conduct an at home energy assessment to determine if you have air leaks and the appropriate level of insulation.
  7. Planting trees near your home will provide shade and reduce your cooling costs during the summer.