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Energy Efficiency

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  1. Energy Efficiency Presented by Interfaith Human Services and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

  2. Interfaith human services IHSbrings together local communities of faith to address many unmet social and economic needs. Members of these faith communities serve as the Board of Directors for IHS. Communities of faith collaborating to help neighbors in need

  3. Pennsylvania interfaith power and light PA IPL is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy.

  4. overview Average % of Household Energy Costs

  5. light bulbs: smart choices Traditional Incandescent Light Bulb Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) • Lasts 10x longer • Uses ¼ the energy • Pays for itself inenergy savings within 9 months • Inefficient • 90% of energy produced is wasted, given off as heat Look for ENERGY-STAR qualified bulbs Replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy-saving bulbs could save you about $50 per year.

  6. BUYING BULBS: LUMENS, NOT WATTS! Watts show the energy used by a bulb, butlumens are a way of measuring a bulb’s brightness.

  7. TIps Use natural light! East and west-facing windows can let in too much heat; stick with south and north-facing windows, which provide great natural light. Turn lights off. Traditional incandescent bulbs should be turned off whenever they aren’t needed, and CFLs should be turned off when leaving a room for more than 15 minutes. Recycle bulbs. CFLs contain small amounts of mercury – less than a thermometer. Use care when cleaning broken bulbs, and recycle when they burn out.

  8. Smart Refrigeration • Moderate temperature37°-40°F for fresh food, 5°F for freezer • Check doorsUse the dollar trick! • Cover foodsUncovered foods release moisture, making the compressor work harder • DefrostFrost buildup decreases efficiency

  9. Dishwashing • Check water temperatureMost of the energy used by a dishwasher is for heating! Lower to 120°F if possible. • Scrape, don’t rinse! • Air Dry

  10. Laundry • Less Water & CoolerWater!Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible, & only wash and dry full loads • Air-dry Clothes • Look for ENERGY-STAR appliances


  12. AIR LEAK TIPS: CAULK & WEATHERSTRIP • Test air tightness!Use an incense stick or smoke pen to check for air leaks • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows • Caulk air leaks from plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring • Lessen drafts and help keep in heat during winter For detailed information on choices and application, visit and search “caulking and weatherstripping.”

  13. AIR LEAK TIPS • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows • Replace with double-pane low-emissivity windows • Use foam sealant to replace gaps • Add pliable sealing gaskets • Keep fireplace flue damper tightly closed For DIY videos,

  14. WATER HEATING AND USE  Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home Source: Federal Energy Management Program Energy Cost Calculator, March 2010


  16. WATER HEATERS • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses. • Insulateyour electric hot-water storage tank -- but be careful not to cover the thermostat. • Insulateyour natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank -- but be careful not to cover the water heater's top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. • Insulatethe first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater. • Specialized instructions:

  17. HEATING TIPS • Turn back your thermostat • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators • Make sure registers, heaters, and radiators aren’t blocked • During winter, keep shades on south-facing windows open during the day and closed at night You can save around 10% a year on heating and cooling bills by turning back your thermostat 10°–15° for eight hours!

  18. RETROFIT OR REPLACE? Furnaces and boilers can be retrofitted to increase their efficiency. Older furnace and boiler systems had efficiencies in the range of 56%–70%; modern conventional heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 97%. Energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can often cut your fuel bills and your furnace's pollution output in half. Maintenance instruction:

  19. Thank you Questions? Contact Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light 814-876-2597 Sources:,