Energy Savings Tip #8 – Is your water heater too hot? How much is it costing you?

Energy Savings Tips, Fun Facts
Oasis Energy wants you to know that having your water heater temperature too high can lead to: 1. Higher electricity or gas bills than expected. The water heater typically accounts for almost 20% of your utility bill. 2. Increased risk of scalding. Be extra cautious if you have young children in the house.   Many people don't realize their water heater is set too high. The manufactures of water heaters typically set the water heater to a high temperature by default. Their primary goal isn't energy efficiency, but rather to let you know that your new water heater is working properly and is generating very hot water. In the winter as the water travels down the pipes heat is lost. As the weather warms up less  heat is lost and the…
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Energy Savings Tip #5 – Protect your windows from the southern & western sun

Energy Savings Tips, Fun Facts, Tips & Tricks
Sun rays coming from the south and the west cast the most solar heat on a home. In the summer this heat can drastically increase the cost of cooling your house. Providing shade to the southern and western portion of your home saves energy, especially if there are windows in that part of the house. Tip: Awnings, blinds, shades, window tint, and curtains all block the sun and reduce the amount the interior of your home is heated. This can mean big savings, especially in summer months. Additional Tip: Plant a tree or foliage to shade the windows and walls. The tree will provide shade in the summer, and when it loses it’s leaves in the winter, it will let the sun through to provide heat.  Also, you might want to plant two…
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Energy Savings Tip #4 – How to stop your fireplace from leaking energy

Energy Savings Tips, Fun Facts, Tips & Tricks
It's winter time and many of us are curling up by a warm fire to read a book or enjoy some quality time with the family.  That's great!  BUT...After you're done, make sure you close the fireplace damper or your warm air will go right out the chimney. As most people in the Northeast know, heating a home can be an expense, so this mistake can be costly.   "The Good, The Bad, and the Pollution If you burn a fast hot fire, this creates very little smoke and pollution, and it can give you a noticeable amount of radiant heat gain in the room the fireplace it is in. However, this fire is also using huge amounts of your heated inside air for its combustion which exceeds your heat…
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