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Jerry Loch: Save Money, Save Energy: It's Ten A.M. -- Do You Know What Your Water Heater Is Doing?

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Jerry Loch of Cornell University on heating water efficiently.

Jerry Loch of Cornell University on heating water efficiently.

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    • 1. Cornell Cooperative Extension
      • Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Sponsored by
      • EmPower New York sm
    • 2. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Jerry Loch
      • Program Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County, NY
      • I’ve spent time as a son, brother, husband, father of three, grandfather of two, carpenter, mental health executive, vocalist, camp director, musician, truck driver, student, pastor, cook, youth leader, electrician, sailor, cryogenic researcher, teacher, storyteller, writer, amateur actor, and all around curious and grateful person.
    • 3. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Workshop Goals
      • Identify Biggest Home Energy Users
      • List Actions That You Can Take to Help Reduce Home Energy Use and Cost
      • Answer Questions About Energy Use
      • Dispel myths about energy practices
    • 4. Where Your Home Energy Dollars Go
    • 5. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Energy Action Areas
        • Space Heating
        • Hot Water
        • Appliances
        • Lighting
    • 6. Save Energy, Save Dollars
    • 7. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Heating our homes is typically our highest energy cost. Action areas:
              • Heating System
              • Insulation
              • Air Leakage
      Where are our Energy Dollars Going?
    • 8. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Heating System Energy Actions
      • Have oil heating system serviced yearly; natural gas every 2 years
      • Make sure that all vents are kept unblocked.
      • Change or clean filters regularly
      • Bleed radiators
      • Seal seams of ducts.
    • 9. Save Energy, Save Dollars Furnace Filters sometimes set on a tray above the fan (left) and sometimes slide into a slot next to the furnace (right).
    • 10. Save Energy, Save Dollars Bleeding hot water radiators
    • 11. Save Energy, Save Dollars Sealing edges of duct work and insulating ducts improves efficiency.
    • 12. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Lowering your thermostat really does save you money!
      • For every degree lower you set your thermostat for 24 hours, you save 3 % of your heating costs.
      • For every degree you set back the thermostat when you leave the house for 8 hours or while you sleep, you save 1 %
    • 13. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Thermostat Energy Actions:
      • Keep your heat at the lowest comfortable temperature when home and awake.
      • Dress in layers of clothing rather than turning up the thermostat.
      • Set the temperature lower while you sleep and while away.
      • Consider installing a programmable thermostat.
    • 14. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Insulation Check-Up
      • Insulation in our walls & attic can have a significant impact in reducing our energy costs. And it lasts for decades!
      • Some insulation can be done by yourself; you may also choose to hire a contractor
      • Assistance may be available for families on a limited income.
    • 15. Certified Building Performance Contractors and weatherization agencies use professional tools such as blower doors to tell where the leaks are in your home. Home Performance Evaluation
    • 16. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Energy Saving Resources –
      • Weatherization Assistance Program
      • EmPower New York sm
      • Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ®
      • Community Resources
    • 17. Air leakage: The “Stack Effect”
    • 18. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Caulk interior cracks
      • Make sure windows are latched securely
      • Weatherstrip or rope caulk leaky windows
      • Patch or tape broken panes of glass
      • Install plastic sheeting on windows
      • Install sweeps or weatherstripping on doors
      • Install gaskets on wall outlets and light switches
      Do-it-Yourself Actions to Reduce Drafts
    • 19. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Hot Water Savings
      • Set hot water temperature to 120°
      • Insulate your water heater and pipes
      • Use less hot water
      • Day/Night meter option (NYSEG)
      • Hotter it is the quicker it cools off.
    • 20. Save Energy, Save Dollars Caution: Be sure circuit breaker is OFF before adjusting electric hot water tank!
    • 21. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Hot Water
      • Reduce Amount Used
        • Leaks
        • Shut off flow
        • Decrease shower time
        • Install energy saver showerheads & aerators
        • Use cold or warm water alternative
    • 22. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • What appliances do we have in our home?
      • Which ones do we think are the big users?
      • How much do they cost to run?
      Ten years of using a waterbed can cost $2024!! Appliances
    • 23. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • When buying appliances, choose ENERGY STAR ® Products
    • 24. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Refrigerator/Freezer Actions
      • Clean Condenser Coils
      • Clean Door Seals
      • Avoid buying used refrigerators--Buy a new ENERGY STAR ® refrigerator instead.
      • Check temperature:
      • 0-F. freezer and 40-F . .
    • 25. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Second Refrigerators and Freezers
      • A second older appliance can typically cost a family $140-$250 dollars a year. Unplug it if it is not needed.
      • If your Freezer usage is seasonal, consider unplugging for part of the year.
    • 26. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Dishwashers
      • Wash full loads
      • If available, use shorter cycles
      • Let your dishes air dry
    • 27. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Clothes Washers
      • Water Temperature: Wash clothes in cold water. Whites, add bleach after a few minutes of washing.
      • Wash full loads, or adjust water level.
    • 28. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Clothes Dryers
      • Clean lint trap
      • Dry two or more loads in a row.
      • Use automatic cycle
      • Dryer sheets can clog
      • Check your dryer vent pipe for blockage
    • 29. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Cooking:
      • Microwave ovens save energy when cooking small meals. The savings reduce as the meals get larger.
      • Other energy actions
      • Match pan size to unit
      • Use oven to capacity
    • 30. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Comfort Appliances
      • Room Air Conditioner 8hrs/day=$33.70/mo
      • Ceiling or Box Fan 8hrs/day= 2.59/mo
      • Elec. Space Heater 8hrs/day= 46.66/mo
      • Electric Blanket 8hrs/nite= 1.73/mo
      • Water Bed (on all the time) 16.87/mo
    • 31.
      • Comfort Appliance Actions
      • Use fans instead of air conditioners
      • Do not use electric space heaters
      • Eliminate waterbed
      Save Energy, Save Dollars
    • 32. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Television
      • 6 hours/day=$2.59-$6.42/month
      • A TV left on for 8 hours, either during the day as “company” or while you sleep = $41-$102 per year!
    • 33.
      • Computers
      • Can be high consumers of electricity
      • Keeping your computer turned on all the time is unnecessary.
      • Keeping your computer on is expensive.
      • Be Energy Smart: Turn off your computer when it is not in use.
      Save Energy, Save Dollars
    • 34. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Vampire Appliances
      • When They’re Off,
      • They’re NOT Off ?
      • Standby Power
    • 35. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Lighting
      • Use ENERGY STAR ® Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs
      • Use Task Lighting
      • Turn off Lights
      • Use Nightlights
    • 36. … And check the label.
    • 37. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Conserve a Little
      • Save a Lot
    • 38. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Summary
      • Review the actions that we’ve discussed
      • Choose 3-5 actions that are right for you
      • Fill out your action plan
      • Take the actions that you’ve chosen.
      • Smart energy choices = lower energy bills!
    • 39. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Home Energy Websites
      • http://www.getenergysmart.org
      • http://homeenergysaver.lbl.gov/
      • http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo/energy_savers/intro.html
      • http://www.ornl.gov/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_01.html
      • http://www.cce.cornell.edu/housing/
      • http://www.energystar.gov/
      •                   
    • 40. Save Energy, Save Dollars
      • Cornell Cooperative Extension
      • Local Contact Information