Today, I took it upon myself to drop our homes' energy use. We have a old refigerator outside that we always stored our extra food in. I also noticed that my mom didn't really move anything from our indoor fridge. (freeze dried food) Basically, I asked her if I could combine all the food into the interior fridge. So we took out all the old food.
So now, I have the outside fridge turned off thus saving a little more energy for our house...Just trying to think of something free to do rather than buy more energy efficent applicances.
__________________ Current Stable
GasSaver: 2000 Honda Insight Silverstone w/AC 65+mpg
Track Terror: 2002 Honda S2000 Gran Prix White- lots of mods - 28mpg
Beater: 1988 Honda Civic DX Hatback - Stripped - 30mpg
RIP: 1996 Honda Civic LX 42mpg - you will be missed
Most of my lamps use compact fluorescents
Automatic setback thermostats w 4 heat zones
Rinnai instant water heater (no water tank heat loss)
High efficiency A/C compressor (11 SEER)
I already see savings in my energy bill, especially gas. After I installed the tankless water heater, my summer gas bill went down by 1/3.
I'm also considering a drainwater heat recovery system. It can save 50-60% of my already-low water heating gas.
Winter heating is more problematic. I have $300 to $500 gas bills each month in winter. I'm going to do some minor weatherstripping this fall, but I wonder whether a more efficient furnace is worth the cash. I have a Utica boiler that's about 14 years old. According to the label, it's about 85% efficient. Condensing furnaces are up to 94%, but they're pretty expensive.
I'm also considering a dual fuel gas/wood boiler, but they too are expensive.
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Winter heating is more problematic. I have $300 to $500 gas bills each month in winter. I'm going to do some minor weatherstripping this fall, but I wonder whether a more efficient furnace is worth the cash. I have a Utica boiler that's about 14 years old. According to the label, it's about 85% efficient.
You can learn to clean and maintain these. Efficiency is based on how much heat goes up the chimney vs how much heats the water.
You must be heating some serious square footage?
* reduce the burner's BTU output...means less heat goes up the flue..but the water pump (if you have one) runs a little more
* make sure the boiler is clean...so there is good heat transfer
* be sure the gas/air ratio is correct...no excessive orange/yellow flames
* insulate any open pipes carrying hot water.
* might be able to install a heat recovery blower on the flue and route this into living area?
* if you do DIY maintenance..with some help...you save here also.
Leading the perpetually ignorant and uninformed into the light of scientific knowledge. Did I really say that?
a new policy....I intend to ignore the nescient...a waste of time and energy.