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Home Energy Program Publications:

Do-It-Yourself Guides

Spanish Publications: Home Energy Publications to help you save energy (and money) in your home or apartment.

Top Ten Low Cost and No Cost Tips for Saving Energy and Money Top 10 No Cost and Low Cost Tips for Saving Energy and Money  Example: Air Leaks – To stop leakage under exterior doors, install an inexpensive door sweep. If the door leaks around the entire frame, install foam weatherstripping with adhesive backing between the door and the frame.

https://energy.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/HEMS-No-cost-low-cost-handout-for-powerpoint.pdf

A useful list of low-cost and no-cost things residents can do to start saving energy (and money) today!

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HEMS Home Energy Self Assessment – Energy efficiency is an investment that can help you gain a return on your energy bill and on the value of your home. Save money by conducting a do-it- yourself home energy assessment. With a simple but careful inspection, you can identify areas in your home where you are losing energy.

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Carbon Monoxide Information for Residents – Carbon monoxide (Co) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. While you can’t see or smell it, breathing high concentrations of it can kill you and your loved ones within minutes. Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can make you sick. Learn more here. To view in Spanish, click here Monoxido De Carbono

Reading the Lighting Label imageReading the Lighting Label: How to Purchase Light Bulbs  – New energy efficient lighting has changed our approach to purchasing because new bulbs use considerably fewer watts (energy) to create light. The amount of watts used for newer bulbs does not indicate the amount of light provided by the bulb. Understandably, this change has led to confusion among consumers about how to purchase the right bulb for the preferred amount of light.

Energy Action Pyramid – explains how different energy saving actions differ in terms of cost and complexity

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Water Heating Options New Water Heaters image– New Water Heaters – If you’re in the market for a new water heater or are doing homework to know what’s available once the old one quits working, you will have a variety of choices to consider and discuss with your heating contractor or plumber.

E-Conservation HEMS Home Energy Assessment Checklist imageHEMS Home Energy Self Assessment – Energy efficiency is an investment that can help you gain a return on your energy bill and on the value of your home. Save money by conducting a do-it- yourself home energy assessment. With a simple but careful inspection, you can identify areas in your home where you are losing energy. this checklist will help you organize your assessment so you can pinpoint the energy efficiency improvements you need to make.

Carbon Monoxide Information for Residents –Carbon monoxide (Co) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. While you can’t see or smell it, breathing high concentrations of it can kill you and your loved ones within minutes. Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can make you sick. Learn more here.

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Spanish and English Materials:

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Keeping Cool and Saving Money – English and Spanish

Keeping Cool in Summer Months / Manteniéndose cómoda mente fresco(a) – Example: Your air conditioner not only cools the air, it acts as a dehumidifier by taking moisture out of the air. Excess moisture makes us uncomfortable and can lead to mold growth. Before cooling season begins, make certain your unit is in good working condition. If at all possible, have your unit inspected each year by a qualified technician and perform regular maintenance to ensure that your unit keeps working effectively and efficiently.

Image - Reducing Your Home's Heating CostsReducing Heating Costs During Winter / Reduzca los costos de calefacción de su hogar

As seasons change, it’s important to remember that you can reduce heating costs through proper maintenance of your heating unit and by carefully selecting and operating your heating equipment.


Caulking and Weatherstripping / Calafateo y sellado térmico
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Why Caulk and Weather Strip? In a well-insulated home, air leaks are the greatest cause of wasted heating and cooling energy. Caulking and weather stripping are effective ways to rid your home of costly drafts, making our homes more comfortable and energy efficient.