Did You Know?

You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°—15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Modify User Behavior

User behavior and climate have a great effect on energy use and should be considered before developing a weatherization and energy efficiency plan. For example, reducing air infiltration around a door will not be effective if a tenant has a habit of propping the door open. Similarly, in a hot and humid climate, reducing heat loss is less important than adequate ventilation and air circulation. Some easy ways to modify user behavior are to:

  • Install a timer or motion detector to ensure that lights are off when rooms are not in use.
  • Attach a self-closing mechanism to doors likely to be left open.
  • Install fans to increase comfort instead of lowering the thermostat during warm months.
  • Lower the thermostat during cold months and raise it during hot months.
  • Program the thermostat to modify temperatures based on occupancy patterns.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Use operable window shades or shutters to reduce heat gain during the summer.
  • Use drapes and curtains to reduce drafts around windows in the winter.
  • Turn off or remove ‘vampire’ devices such as phone chargers and DVD players that use electricity in standby mode or whenever they are plugged into an outlet.