Conservation TipsThe best way to "go green" - and save money - is by maximizing your fuel efficiency. At Romanelli & Son, we are conservation experts, and we help many customers upgrade their heating systems to maximize efficiency and minimize emissions. When you replace an older heating system with a high-efficiency model, you can reduce consumption by 30 percent or more. We can also help you with smaller conservation steps like installing a new energy-saving burner control.
One "green" move that everyone should make is to get their heating system tuned before cold weather comes. A well-tuned system uses 5 percent less fuel and burns cleaner, with reduced emissions. A Romanelli & Son service plan may include a periodic tune-up.
If you want to step up your conservation efforts, give us a call at 631-956-1201 and we'll advise you on how to reduce consumption and cut emissions.
Romanelli & Son wants to help you conserve! Follow these cold weather and year-round energy-saving tips and you'll find a decrease in your annual energy bills.
Cold Weather Conservation Tips
- Correct air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets.
- Repair weather stripping and caulking.
- Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
- Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of insulation.
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and freezing.
- Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
- Check the threshold for any gaps between it and the door; use a bottom seal that can be attached to the door to stop drafts.
- Get a heating system tune-up before the heating season begins.
- Keep ductwork in good repair with duct insulation.
- Remove air conditioning units from windows.
- Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.
All Year Long Conservation Tips
- Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly, it can shave $100 off your annual energy bills.
- Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy.
- Choose a high-efficiency water heater. An indirect oil-fired water heater produces an almost endless supply of hot water with a very fast recovery time.
- Keep your oven door closed! Every time you open the oven door, the oven temperature can drop 25 degrees. Use the oven light or a timer to avoid wasting energy.
- Wash clothes in the coolest water possible -- 80% of the cost to run your washer is used for heating the water.
- Install dimmers and motion sensors wherever possible.
- Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
- Clean refrigerator coils once a year to extend the life of your fridge.
- Choose a high-efficiency dishwasher -- they use 25% less energy than conventional models.
- Since your dryer retains heat, dry loads back-to-back.