National Weatherization Day warms consumers to the benefits, cost savings of energy efficiency Atlanta Gas Light offers several ways to weatherize a home and save on heating bills
October 28, 2011
ATLANTA — Sunday, Oct. 30 has been designated by the Department of Energy as "National Weatherization Day," which celebrates the important work happening nationwide to save money for homeowners by investing in energy efficiency and America’s green economic recovery. Weatherizing a home can be an easy and effective way to conserve energy and save money.
For families looking to improve energy efficiency in their homes, Atlanta Gas Light offers the following advice for maximum cost savings, safety and comfort:
-Add weather stripping and caulking to doors and windows to seal gaps. As much as 30 to 40 percent of a home's energy loss is attributed to outside air penetrating the house.
-Check for appropriate insulation around the pipes, walls, attic and floor. Choose the right R-value, which is a measure of insulating power. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power, which provides greater household energy savings and cost savings.
-Turn down the water heater's thermostat setting to about 120 degrees and switch to "vacation" setting when you'll be away for a few days.
-Use warm or cold water setting when washing clothes and rinse with cold water.
-Separate heavier clothes (towels, heavy cottons) from the lightweight fabrics (synthetics) for more efficient drying.
-Install a low flow showerhead. Showers use less hot water than baths.
-Close off unoccupied rooms and close heating vents.
-Use exterior doors farthest from the thermostat.
-Use the sunlight to warm rooms. Close drapes and blinds at night to retain heat.
-Fully load dishwashers, washing machines and dryers before running.
-Install storm or thermal windows and doors.
- Install a water heater insulation wrap around the sides of the water heater.
-Never put insulation on the top of the heater or near the bottom.
For additional information on home weatherization, energy conservation and lowering energy costs, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL), provides natural gas delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL), an Atlanta-based energy services company, serves approximately 2.3 million customers in six states. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout North America. As an 85-percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. The company also owns and operates two high-deliverability natural gas storage facilities: Jefferson Island Storage & Hub near the Henry Hub in Louisiana and Golden Triangle Storage in Texas. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
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