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January 20, 2018

8:AM – 4:PM

Monday to Friday

555 Republic Drive

Plano, Texas 75074

(833) 4MY-RATE

Energy Saving Tips for the Home – DINING ROOM

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Improve the quality of your home life and save on your utility bills by making your dining room more energy efficient.

Floor Vents/Radiators

  • Ensure vent connections and registers are well sealed at floors, walls and ceilings, which are all common areas for disconnected ducts and leakage.
  • Make sure all vents are clear of furniture and rugs, in order to improve airflow and comfort.
  • Install heat resistant reflectors between radiators and walls to reflect heat back into the room instead of onto walls.

Sliding Door

  • Apply caulking around doorframes and weather-stripping around doors that don’t close tightly.
  • Protect interior furnishings, cut energy costs and improve comfort by replacing standard sliding doors with ENERGY STAR certified ones.
  • Learn more:
    • Lower your energy bill and experience increased comfort by improving your home’s “envelope”.
    • A home sealing will reduce drafts and eliminate moisture problems caused by holes, cracks and gaps.

Light Fixture

  • Replace standard light fixtures and bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) that provide a high quality light, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.
  • Learn more:
    • Replace high energy consuming conventional chandeliers with energy efficient versions.
    • ENERGY STAR certified lighting options are available at most home centers, lighting showrooms and specialty stores.
    • ENERGY STAR certified light fixtures use 75% less energy, generate 75% less heat and last up to 10 times longer than standard lighting, while producing bright, warm light.

Programmable Thermostat

  • A programmable thermostat will regulate your home’s temperature settings to adjust for when you’re away or sleeping.
  • Learn more:
    • A programmable thermostat with 4-temperature settings can save up to $180 a year in energy costs.
    • Learn about cost-saving measures that maximize your energy savings with these Guidelines for Proper Use of Programmable Thermostats.
    • Save money with a manual thermostat by turning it up during hot weather and lowering it during cold weather.
    • COMMON MISCONCEPTION: it’s more energy efficient to keep a house cool all the time, rather than heating or cooling it according to need.
    • Only heat or cool a house according to time of day and number of occupants.
    • Total energy savings depend upon climate, usage patterns, and the efficiency of the home’s heating and cooling system.
    • A programmable thermostat eliminates the need to manually adjust the temperature when leaving the house or going to bed, making it more comfortable and energy efficient.

Light Switch

  • Always turn off the lights when leaving any room (or when it’s not in use).

Outlet

  • A gasket is an effective and inexpensive way of sealing any holes and cracks around outlets.
  • Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.
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