MORE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY:
Jack’s True Value Hardware Store, Keene, NH
Submitted from Rick Tullock, proprietor.
- Change the filters in your heating system; the average lifespan is about a month. Clean filters make a furnace much more efficient.
- Caulk the cracks! Go into your basement on a sunny day and see how many places the lights comes through. Feel for drafts around window panes.
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use. Electronics use power all the time, called a “phantom load”. Turn off power strips, pull plugs on washers, dryers, microwaves, toasters, etc.
- Always turn off the lights!
NOTE: An employee of Jack’s Hardware, Matt Wheeler, said that his wife had a mission to lower their electric bill and DID turn off and unplug unused stuff for a month. Their bill dropped from $100-$120 the previous month to $75-$80. That’s a LOT!
Aubuchon Hardware, Keene, NH
Submitted from Brian, Assistant Manager.
- Consider solar-powered holiday lights (we actually have these on our house, btw, they’re great!)
- Solar-powered motion-activated lights for the exterior of your home or garage.
- Switching to CFL or LED lights bulbs, theoretically last up to 9 yrs.
Fireside True Value Hardware, Brattleboro, VT
Submitted from Glenn St John, proprietor
- Window pellet units are popular this season. Install in your window just like an air conditioner and heat up to 750 sf. Perfect for living room or dining room areas, and a good way to offset the cost of heating oil.