Measures that Take Over 5 Years to Pay-off

  1. When replacing your windows, choose ENERGY STAR® certified windows. They cost a little more than similar uncertified windows, save energy and increase comfort.
  2. Add do-it-yourself insulated (quilted) window covers (minimum R-3 and costing less than $5/sq.ft.) or install blinds, drapes or other window coverings.
  3. Wall insulation should be added especially when the wall cavity is made accessible during home remodeling. Depending on your siding type, consider blown in insulation, applied from the exterior.
  4. Furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning and water heaters all have high efficiency models available and
    should be considered when replacing these appliances.
  5. Invest in commercially installed storm windows or insulated glass.
  6. Install a fireplace insert or wood stove in the fireplace.
  7. Install a solar water heater.
  8. When replacing your appliances, buy ENERGY STAR certified appliances
  9. Consider replacing older model refrigerators, especially if older than 10 years. Older models can use over 3 times the energy of newer models.

Source Material: Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program at the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance. January 2003