Community Action Agency’s Corner
Start by comparing your energy usage from month to month, or year to year, on your billing statement. Montana customers can also have a Home EnergyCheck.
Adding insulation will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Note: In the winter, cold floors and walls are signs of a poorly insulated home.
When it comes to the temperature settings on your water heater, make sure it’s safe and efficient — 120 degrees F is where you want it to be!
Make sure your refrigerator is set between 37 and 40 degrees F and the freezer is between 0 and 5 degrees F.
Make sure your furnace or other heating equipment is working properly by having it regularly checked and serviced. And change your furnace filter often to keep it clean!
You have air leaks if you can see daylight peeking around your door or window frame. Simply seal up the leaks by caulking, adding weather stripping or installing a door sweep.
Hot water tank wraps and pipe insulation can be purchased at most hardware stores. Wrap the tank and install pipe insulation on the first 10 feet of the hot water pipe coming off the tank.
Low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Replace incandescent light bulbs that are used more than three hours a day with energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs.
See if your energy efficiency projects and measures qualify for tax credits.