Energy Hero Tip of the Month
Summer Energy Savings
While our YVEA service territory is known as an outdoor paradise with moderate temperatures and lots of sunshine, summers can get warm during the day. Stay cool and comfortable this summer with these no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency tips.
- Close blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out.
- If you have air conditioning, set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home. Set it to a higher temperature when you are away.
- Turn off lights, ceiling fans and any portable fans when you leave a room.
- Plant trees and shrubs to shade the exterior of your home.
- Use solar lighting to brighten up your outdoor space. It’s low maintenance and uses the sun to generate electricity.
An electric water heater uses approximately 14 kWh hours per day.
That equals 405 kWh per month.
This equates to approximately $38 on your monthly electric bill.
Save energy and money by lowering your water heater thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will also slow mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes.
Consider insulating your water heater tank, which could reduce standby heat losses by 25 to 45 percent and save you about 4 to 9 percent in water heating costs. You can find pre-cut jackets or blankets available from around $20.
Why should I care about my home’s Building Envelope?
Understanding your home’s Building Envelope is a critical component to controlling your energy costs.
It is the physical barrier that separates the unconditioned space from the conditioned space of your home. This barrier needs to be resistant to hot and cold air, moisture, light, and noise.
A properly defined and insulated Building Envelope is critical for your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home.
In today’s home building we strive to “build it tight and ventilate it right”. This method helps prevent your home’s heating and cooling systems from fighting the exterior temperature. It also reduces the “drafty” feeling in your home and lowers the chance of mold or mildew growth. A “tight” Building Envelope, with a well-designed ventilation system uses less energy and gives better control over your home’s temperature, air quality, and humidity levels.
YVEA’s Energy Hero Program has a series of DIY resources available on our website to help you identify and define your home’s unique Building Envelope. You can also contact Mike Beyer at 970.871.2267 for more information.
The area inside the red dotted line represents the space that is conditioned. A well-insulated home should be air sealed and have insulation around the exterior of all conditioned spaces.