Reducing Consumption for Building & Transportation

Reducing Consumption Tips
To reduce the amount of energy used for transportation and for building homes/businesses in the Village, consider the following actions:
  • Share riding programs
  • Promote public transportation
  • Village wide Bike to Work Day
  • Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
  • Check the furnace or air conditioner (AC) filter each month, and clean or replace it as needed
  • During hot months, keep window coverings closed on the south, east and west windows. In winter, let the sun in
  • Glass fireplace doors help stop heat from being lost up the chimney. Also, close the fireplace damper when not in use
  • Activate "sleep" features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while. Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use to cut energy costs and improve longevity
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, and set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting. On winter nights, put an extra blanket on the bed and turn down your thermostat more
  • In summer, use fans whenever possible instead of AC and ventilate at night. Using fans to supplement AC allows you to raise the thermostat temperature, using less energy. Fans cost less to use than AC
  • Take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher. About 15 % of an average home energy bill goes to heating water
  • Switch to cold water washing of laundry in top loading, energy-inefficient washing machines
  • Detergents formulated for cold water get clothes just as clean and could result in energy savings up to $63 per year
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater. It should be set at “warm,” so that a thermometer held under running water reads no more than 130 degrees
  • Only heat or cool the rooms you need - close vents and doors of unused rooms
  • Install low-flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use
  • Seal and weather strip your windows and doors to ensure that you're not wasting energy on heat or air conditioning that escapes through leaks to the outdoors
  • Add pre-cut pipe insulation to exposed pipes going into and out of water heaters
  • It is cheap and easy to install. If starting with an uninsulated tank, the energy savings should pay for the improvements in just a few months. A water tank insulation wrap costs about $20 and helps hold the heat inside
  • Install a high efficiency water heater or tankless water heater
  • Use mastic (a gooey substance applied with a paintbrush) to seal all exposed ductwork joints in areas such as the attic, crawlspace, or basement. Insulate ducts to improve your heating system’s efficiency and your own comfort
  • Improve heat loss on windows temporarily with plastic sheeting installed on the inside
  • Storm windows can reduce heat lost by single-paned windows by 25 - 50% during the winter
  • Replace your 5 most used light bulbs with Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs to save $60 each year in energy costs
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 2/3s less energy and last up to 10 times longer. 95% of the energy used goes to heating the bulb, adding unwanted heat to your home in the summer
  • Consider safer, more efficient Energy Star torchiere lamps rather than halogen torchieres, which can cause fires. Halogen bulbs are expensive to use
  • Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter wastes money. A handy homeowner can seal up holes to the outside by weather stripping doors and ceiling windows and other gaps along the home’s foundation
  • The easiest and most cost-effective ways to insulate a building is to add insulation in the attic. If you have less than 6 or 7 inches, you can probably benefit by adding more. Most U.S. homes should have between R-38 and R-49 attic insulation. In order to achieve this, many homeowners should add between R-19 to R-30 insulation (about 6 to 10 inches)
  • Other effective places to add insulation include unfinished basement walls and crawlspaces. Insulating walls can be more complex, but it can be worthwhile to do if you have little or no insulation now
  • Appliances and electronics really add up on your energy bill. When it is time to replace, remember these items have 2 price tags: purchase price and lifetime energy cost. When shopping for new appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.) and electronics (TV, computer, etc.), demand the Energy Star label. Energy Star is the government’s rating program that shows you which items are more efficient than typical models. Energy Star items will save you money over the product’s useful life