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Whole house energy plan

Whole House Energy Plan

(Your Name here)


(City of XXXXX)

Insulation weatherization

Insulation & Weatherization

  • A good insulation “system” reduces energy waste

  • A good insulation “system” is more than just insulation

  • A small investment in an insulation system yields

    • Increased comfort

    • Reduced heating/cooling needs

    • Save up to 30%

Weatherization tips

Weatherization Tips

  • Test your home for air tightness

  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows

  • Caulk and seal air leaks around plumbing, duct work, and electrical outlets/switch plates

  • Install gaskets behind outlet/switch plates

Sources of air leaks

Sources of Air Leaks

Weatherization windows


  • Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and solar heating

  • Account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill

  • In summer, a sunny window can make the air conditioner work 3 times harder

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  • Single pane windows allow for faster heat transfer of conditioned air

  • Replace single pane windows with insulated windows

  • Install storm windows

  • Install shrink fit window insulation kit, if replacing windows or adding storm windows is not an option

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  • Curtains or draperies reduce heat loss or gain through windows

  • Add mini-blinds to block out sunlight in the summer

  • Open curtains on south facing walls to allow sunlight into the home during the winter

Weatherization fireplace


  • Keep fireplace damper closed when it is not in use

    • Keeping the damper open is like having a 48-inch window open all the time

  • Install tempered glass and/or a heat-air exchange system, if possible

  • Check the seal on the flue damper

  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth

Weatherization heating and cooling systems

WeatherizationHeating and Cooling Systems

  • Have heating and cooling systems serviced at least once a year

  • Set your thermostat at 68° in the winter and 78° in the summer

  • Clean or replace filters monthly

  • Keep curtains on south facing walls open during the winter

Weatherization heating and cooling tips

WeatherizationHeating and Cooling Tips

  • Check duct work to make sure it is insulated and intact

  • Keep furniture and curtains from blocking air registers

  • Close unoccupied rooms that are isolated from the rest of the house

  • When replacing the heating system, replace with a more efficient unit

Weatherization heat pump heating tips

WeatherizationHeat Pump Heating Tips

  • Be careful not set the thermostat back too far -- this will cause the backup heat to cycle on.

  • Do not close vents in unoccupied

    rooms -- this could damage the system

Weatherization fans and vents

WeatherizationFans and Vents

  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air

  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen sparingly

    • These fans can exhaust a house full of conditioned air in 24 hours



  • Account for about 20% of household energy consumption

    • Refrigerators and clothes dryers top the list

  • When purchasing new appliances, consider

    • Price

    • Annual operating cost

Appliances laundry


  • Eighty to 85% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water

  • Use cold or warm, not hot, water

  • The cost of drying a load of laundry in an electric dryer is 30 to 40 cents per load compared to 15 to 25 cents per load in a gas dryer

Appliances laundry tips

AppliancesLaundry Tips

  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible

  • Wash and dry full loads

  • Dry towels and heavier cottons separate from lighter-weight clothes

  • Don’t over dry your clothes

  • Clean the lint trap after every load

  • Use the cool down cycle if your dryer has one

Appliances water heating

AppliancesWater Heating

  • The third largest energy expense in the home

    • Typically accounts for about 14% of utility bill

  • Four ways to cut the water heating bill:

    • use less hot water

    • turn down the thermostat

    • insulate your water heater tank

    • buy a newer, more efficient unit

Appliances water heating tips

AppliancesWater Heating Tips

  • Repair leaky faucets, especially hot water leaks

  • Insulate the hot water lines

  • Insulate the hot water storage tank

  • Set the thermostat to 115 degrees

  • Drain a quart of water from your tank every 3 months to remove sediment

Appliances refrigerators and freezers

AppliancesRefrigerators and Freezers

  • Do not keep the refrigerators or freezers “too cold”

    • Recommended settings:

      37° to 40 ° for the fridge

      5 ° for the freezer.

  • Check door seal for airtight seal

  • Cover liquids and wrap foods

  • Periodically clean condenser coils

Appliances kitchen tips

AppliancesKitchen Tips

  • When getting small amounts of water use cold water

  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean

  • Use covered kettles and pots when boiling water or cooking

  • Turn the burners off several minutes before the allotted cooking time

  • Use the right size pot on the right size burner

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AppliancesKitchen Tips

  • Use toaster ovens and microwave ovens when ever it is convenient

    • Toaster and microwave ovens use around $.11 cents per day compared to a range at $.24 per day

  • In gas appliances, look for the blue flame

  • If purchasing a new gas range, consider one that offers electric ignition rather than a standing pilot light



  • Increasing lighting efficiency easily decreases energy bills

  • Replace 25% of the lights in high use areas with fluorescent lighting can save about 50% on the lighting energy bill

  • Use lower wattage bulbs

Lighting indoor lighting tips

LightingIndoor Lighting Tips

  • Turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used

  • Use task lighting, instead of whole room lighting

  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs

  • During the day, open curtains and draperies to allow in daylight

Lighting outdoor lighting tips

LightingOutdoor Lighting Tips

  • Use outdoor lighting that uses photocell or timers to turn them off during the day

  • Install motion detectors on outdoor security lighting that will turn the light on when needed

  • Use the lowest wattage bulb that will give you the coverage that you need



  • Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household’s energy for heating and cooling

  • Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep a house more comfortable.

  • According to DOE: 3 properly place trees can save between $100 to $250 per year

Whole house energy planning

Whole House Energy Planning

  • Conduct a systematic audit of key areas

    • Insulation

    • Windows

    • Heating and cooling systems

    • Water heater

    • Vents and fans

    • Kitchen appliances

    • Lighting

    • Landscaping

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Whole House Energy Plan

  • Make improvements as needed

  • Even small improvements yield results:

    • Investment

    • Savings

    • Comfort

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