Dominick has been advocating conservation for decades. With our help, many Fairfield County homeowners have saved thousands of dollars while reducing their emissions and making their homes more eco-friendly. We also deliver Bioheat® heating oil, which is an advanced heating oil formulation that incorporates liquid fuel from plants and other renewable sources. It reduces emissions, supports American agriculture and reduces the demand for imported, non-renewable fossil fuels.
Anyone can be a great conservationist these days. You can join millions of Americans who are reducing their energy consumption with just a few easy steps. They're saving money, cleaning our skies and reducing our dependence on energy imports - without sacrificing comfort. Please read the conservation advice below and do everything you can to conserve!
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Energy Efficiency Tips
10 Cold Weather Conservation Tips
- Let passive solar heating ease your heat load. Open shades and drapes on windows as they get direct sun, then close them to retain warmth when the sun's position has changed.
- Retain heat by making sure that the kitchen vent, the fireplace dampers, and all the closet doors are closed whenever possible.
- Remove air conditioning window units, or cover them well.
- Check the thresholds of outer doors for any gaps. A sealing strip that attaches to the bottom of the door virtually stops drafts.
- Add caulking and weather-stripping around doors, attic access, windows, outdoor faucets and any areas where there might be leaks. Check caulking at least once a year and replace material that has dried out and shrunk.
- Check your insulation levels. Energy Star® recommends R-38 to R-49 in ceilings and R-11 to R-22 in wood-frame walls for houses in New England.
- Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls. (Gaskets can be found in most home improvement stores.)
- Change the windows. Consider low-emissivity glass, which will decrease radiant heat loss without lowering visibility.
- Keep your furnace filter and vents clean. Dirty filters reduce airflow, making your furnace work harder and use more energy.
- Lower your thermostat temperature and wear extra layers.
10 Warm Weather Conservation Tips
- Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to minimize the sun's heating effects.
- Move furniture away from air conditioning vents so the conditioned air can circulate most effectively.
- Cook on an outdoor grill whenever possible to keep cooking heat outside the home.
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- Use ceiling fans to cool your home. They're much cheaper to operate than air conditioners, and moving air feels cooler, so you can keep your thermostat setting higher.
- Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is to open windows any time the outside temperature is colder than the inside of the house.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during air conditioning season to improve efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioner.
- Whenever possible, hang your laundry outdoors to dry.
- Install patio covers, awnings and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun.
- Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
4 Year-Round Conservation Tips
- Use a programmable thermostat. This device saves energy all year by automatically adjusting temperatures to coincide with your daily routine.
- Switch to Energy Star®-rated appliances and heating/air conditioning equipment to save up to 40 percent on your energy expenses.
- Use LEDs. Change your lighting to LED bulbs and fixtures. They last up to 25 times longer and use 80 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
- Seal duct leaks with mastic, metal-backed tape or aerosol sealant to reduce the loss of conditioned air from your furnace or air-conditioning system.