Let’s find the

right energy mix

for your home.

Energy touches every part of your life at home. When you cook, eat, bathe, sleep and just hang out; your home should feel like the most comfortable place in the world. To get there you need the right energy mix, and we’ll help you find it. Scout’s honor.

What’s an energy mix?

Your home may use electricity, natural gas and any of a number of methods to heat, cool and run appliances. The right energy mix means you are matching the right kind of energy for each appliance for maximum comfort, energy cost savings, and the most efficient use of energy. Energy Scout is here to help you find the right energy mix!

Improving Your Energy Mix-Energy Saving Tips

Energy and cost-saving tips:

Install a programmable thermostat

Save energy by setting your home to a comfortable temperature when you’re there and an efficient temperature when you’re away.

Insulate

Insulate walls, attic, crawl spaces, basement and floors.  Also insulate pipes and ducts that pass through unheated areas. Note: when purchasing insulation, higher ‘R-values’ represent better insulation.

Inspect heating and air ducts

Ensure ducts in living areas are as clean as possible. In living areas, such as an attic or vented crawl space, seal your ducts to prevent leaks.

Seal cracks and leaks

Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows to seal cracks and leaks, which reduces air flow and energy loss.

Lower water temperature

Save between 3-5% in energy costs for each 10ºF reduction of your water temperature. Consider setting water heater to 120º and switching to “vacation” mode when you’re away.

Replace older appliances

When replacing older appliances, look for newer appliances with higher energy-efficiency ratings. These may be eligible for federal tax credits or rebates.
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Laundry efficiency

Save energy and money by running full laundry loads on a cold or warm water setting. Consider a gas dryer, which dries clothes faster and more efficiently.

Install a low-flow shower head

Cut the cost of a hot shower in half by installing a low-flow shower head. Doing so saves you an average of 2.5 gallons per minute without sacrificing water pressure.

Repair leaks

A single faucet that drips just once every second wastes 8.6 gallons per day, or almost 260 gallons per month.

Adjust dishwasher settings

Use the “energy saver” switch on your dishwasher. Set it on the low temperature setting when feasible.

Rearrange furniture

Adjust furniture or shorten draperies to unblock registers and air returns.

Change furnace and A/C unit filters

Ensure maximum air flow and cooling efficiency by changing furnace and A/C unit filters a minimum of three times a year.

When it’s hot outside

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or warmer with the fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you’re away.

When it’s cold outside

Lowering the temperature by one degree during any 24-hour period decreases your heating bill by up to 3%, but do not turn off your furnace – it will use more natural gas to return to a warmer temperature. Instead, try setting your thermostat to these temperatures: When you’re home: 68 degrees. When you’re away: 60 degrees.

Let the sunshine in

Keep draperies and shades open during the day but remember to close them at night to reduce chill from cold windows.