Ways to Conserve Energy

Check Out Our List To Lower Cost

At Devaney Energy, we're dedicated to keeping our customers warm and comfortable throughout the year. To help you do that, for less, here's a checklist of simple and economical solutions to help make your home more energy-efficient.

No Cost Money Savers

Conserve energy and cut costs simply by changing some household habits.

  • Let the sunshine in! Take advantage of natural heat provided by the sun. Open drapes on the south side of your home during winter days and close them at night. Sun angles are low in winter, allowing substantial solar heating through all south-facing windows.
  • Decorate with insulating drapes. Install tight fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that still feel drafty after weatherizing.
  • Close and clean. Shut off rooms or areas of the house you don't use by closing doors and shutting vents. Also, in heated rooms, keep radiators and baseboards free of dust for top efficiency.
  • Dial it down when not at home. By turning your thermostat down a few degrees you can save as much as 1% for each degree. You can also lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  • Laundry saver. Use less water and use cooler water when doing laundry. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.

Low Cost Improvements With Big Impacts

These easy and low cost home enhancements will make your home more energy efficient.

  • Bright idea. Use compact fluorescent lights which last up to 13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy Plus, install dimmer switches to save up to 60% on your electricity costs.
  • Seal leaks. Approximately 1/3 of hot (or cold) air escapes through leaks and cracks. By sealing leaks, you can cut your heating bills up to 10%. Simply caulk, seal and weather-strip seams and cracks in your ceilings, walls and floors. Plus, weather-strip windows, doorframes, pipes and ducts.
  • Seal and Insulate. Use clear plastic sheets to insulate windows during the heating season and save 2% -7% of heating/cooling costs. Also, insulate attic access and basement trap doors with R-19 insulation to save 1% -3% of heating and cooling costs. Plus, installing ceiling insulation to at least R-30 standards can cut your heating costs up to 25%.
  • Seal off receptacles. Seal off electric receptacles and switch boxes with foam gaskets or fiberglass insulation to save 1% -3% of heating/cooling costs.
  • Keep it piping hot. Insulate and wrap pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.
  • Tune-ups. Let Devaney Energy make sure your boiler, furnace or air conditioning unit is cleaned and tuned up annually to extend its useful life, ensure it's operating safely and efficiently and save up to 5% on energy costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Put heat on an automatic schedule which, when used properly, can save $100 off your annual energy bills.
  • Eliminate air conditioners in the offseason. Remove window air conditioners units or use an insulated cover during the winter months to save you up to 15% on your heating costs.

Wise Investments

These investments range in cost, but all provide a return on investment that pays off year after year.

  • Seal and Insulate. Use clear plastic sheets to insulate windows during the heating/cooling season and save 2% -7% of costs. Also, insulate attic access and basement trap doors with R-19 insulation to save 1% -3% of heating and cooling costs. Plus, installing ceiling insulation to at least R-30 standards can cut your heating/cooling costs up to 25%.
  • Cover water heater. Water heating can account for 14%-25% of the energy consumed in your home. Properly covering your heater tank with a blanket that has an insulating value of at least R-8, could save you 4-9%. Also installing a Rinnai® Tankless Water Heater can save up to 40% in energy costs.
  • Boiler Controls. The latest microprocessor-based boiler reset control improves the efficiency of most oil-fired residential home heating boiler systems, saving up to 10% in energy costs.
  • Upgrade your heating system. If you have an older heating system, you could lower your fuel cost by as much as 30% by installing a new energy-efficient heating system.

Call Devaney Energy For Energy-Saving Solutions

Let us give you an energy-saving consultation, including upgrading water heaters and heating systems. Some upgrades may even be eligible for state-specific rebate programs and generous federal tax credits. Visit our Financing and Rebates page for more information and for links to referring sites.

Contact us today.