Windsor Fuel ... Your Suffolk County, Nassau County and Queens Conservation Team
"Conservation" is a word we hear quite often - and you may wonder what you can do to conserve energy at your home. It's easy, when you partner with Windsor Fuel! We have lots of great ideas to help you to use less energy and spend less money ... often with little or no spending on your part.
Think of us as your conservation experts - ask us for advice anytime and you'll discover how much you can do to go green. From programmable thermostats to the newest high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, we have the products you need to lower your fuel bills and your carbon footprint. All you need to do is call or contact us.
High-Efficiency Heating and Cooling
The easiest way to go green is to improve the efficiency of your home comfort systems. Today's heating and cooling systems typically reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent or more. Using less energy not only saves you money, but also reduces your emissions and contributes to a reduction in demand for foreign energy sources. The latest comfort systems use new technologies like flame retention burners, "smart" controls and variable speed motors that reduce energy consumption considerably. Click here for our products page to view our line of modern heating and cooling equipment.
Not ready for a complete heating or cooling system upgrade? Having your comfort equipment tuned up every year can lower your energy bills by up to 5 percent. Read more about tune-ups on our Maintenance page.
How to Conserve Energy
Here are some helpful conservation tips that you can act on yourself or with the help of Windsor Fuel:
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 and wrap it with duct insulation.
- Remove air conditioning units from windows.
- Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.
Warm Weather Conservation Tips
- Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
- Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
- Look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR® approved.
- Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
- During the hot summer afternoons, avoid using appliances.
- Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is not to open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
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 percent 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 percent 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 percent less energy than conventional models.
- Since your dryer retains heat, dry loads back-to-back.
Reach for the ENERGY STAR®!
Congratulations! By using Oilheat, you're already saving money! And as an Oilheat customer, you can continue to cut costs and keep Long Island and Queens beautiful when you upgrade or replace your old equipment with products that have received the ENERGY STAR® rating. Created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only the most energy efficient products have earned the ENERGY STAR®.
Did you know that if just 1-in-10 households bought ENERGY STAR® equipment, over 17 billion pounds of pollution would be removed from the air? Plus, ENERGY STAR® products can help you save hundreds of dollars per year. For example, by upgrading to an ENERGY STAR®-rated oil-fired furnace or boiler, you can reduce your heating bills by up to 30 percent!
As much as half of the energy you use goes to cool and heat your home, so why burn money when you can reach for the ENERGY STAR®! To find ENERGY STAR® qualified Oilheat products, contact us today. For additional information, check the ENERGY STAR® website or call the ENERGY STAR® hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (782-7937).