Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Dishwasher efficiency

March 26th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Run full loads. Always wait until you have a full load before running your dishwasher. Full loads use the same amount of hot water and energy as smaller loads. You run fewer loads and save energy.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-AC/furnance tip

March 22nd, 2012By: Paul Harris

Choose the proper sized equipment. Undersized or oversized equipment will use the improper amount of energy. A qualified heating contractor can determine the size of the equipment needed for your home. The contractor uses the size and configuration of your home to determine proper size.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Lighting tip

March 20th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Try to use natural lighting. Open curtains and shades during the day instead of using lights. Consider skylights and solar tubes during remodeling or new construction design. This allows the maximum use of natural daylight.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Unplug electronics

March 16th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small electronics can use as much power as your refrigerator.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Lighting tip

March 12th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Consider LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. LEDs are becoming more common for can, track, under-cabinet and holiday lighting. Initial cost is more, but the lights use 10 times less energy and last 50 times longer than incandescent lights. They use one-third the energy and last 5 times longer than compact fluorescent lights.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Thermostat tip

March 10th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Keep the thermostat clear of heat. Dont position heat-producing devices such as lamps and TVs close to your thermostat. Heat from these devices could cause the thermostat to read a temperature higher than the true room temperature. This may lead to excessive cooling and wasted energy.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Refrigerator efficiency

March 8th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Clean the unit. Clean dust off the condenser coils, fins, evaporator pan and motor once or twice a year. A clean unit runs more efficiently. Unplug the unit and clean with a vacuum cleaner or long-handled brush.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Lighting efficiency tip

March 6th, 2012By: Paul Harris

Use Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs. Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs last longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. You can cut your electric bill by $60 per year if you replace the standard bulbs in your five most frequently used light fixtures. Properly dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local household hazardous waste collection site.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Energy star refrigerators

March 4th, 2012By: Paul Harris

When buying a new refrigerator or freezer, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star refrigerators and freezers can save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill over the life of the appliance. Remember, older refrigerators and freezers use two to three times more electricity than ones that are 10 years old or less.

Ripple Creek Homes LLC-Window replacement

March 1st, 2012By: Paul Harris

Install high efficiency windows, which are 40% more efficient than standard windows. Consider replacing single-pane windows with double-pane windows that are gas-filled with high performance glass (e.g., low emissivity or “low-e” glass). ENERGY STAR qualified windows may help reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 15%. The windows must be sized and installed properly.