Energy Saving Tips
Heating and Cooling
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer and 68 degrees or lower in the winter. See how the savings add up with our Thermostat Chart
- Get your heating and air conditioning unit serviced every year. Servicing typically includes a check on refrigerant levels, the compressor, hoses, ductwork, and the thermostat.
- Clean or replace air filters monthly.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat.
- Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances which put off heat and can make your air conditioner run longer.
- Use a ceiling fan to circulate air down in the summer months.
- Use our Heat Pump Calculator to consider the savings potential of replacing your old unit with a new high efficiency system.
- Find out how much energy the appliances in your home use with our Appliance Calculator. It can add up to about 20% of your total consumption.
- Take the dollar bill test. Close your refrigerator door on a dollar bill and then try to pull it out. If the dollar comes out easily you may need new seals or a new refrigerator.
- Plan what you need inside the refrigerator before you open the door.
- Set your fridge at 40 degrees.
- Let food cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Hot foods will raise the temperature in the fridge and make it work harder.
- Consider cooking outside on a grill during summer months. Using an oven makes your home hotter.
- Wash full loads of clothes and use cold water when possible.
- Don’t overload the dryer.
- Clean the dryer lint filter before each load.
- Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s completely full.
- Purchase Energy Star certified appliances and electronics. Compare the energy costs of LCD, DLP, Plasma, and traditional tube televisions using our TV Calculator.
- Find and reduce phantom loads around your home.
- Use energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). They cost more to purchase, but use one-quarter as much energy as incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Calculate your savings with our CFL Calculator.
- Keep light fixtures and bulbs clean. Dust absorbs 50% of light.
- Turn off any unused lights.
Around the House
- In the summer, close drapes in East/West facing windows to block out heat and reduce your cooling load. In the winter, take advantage of the sun's warmth and open drapes in south facing windows.
- Seal up leaks by weather-stripping doors and caulking windows.
- Install foam insulators behind outlet covers on exterior walls.
- Close the fireplace damper when you aren’t using it.
- If your water heater is in an unheated space, wrap it in an insulation blanket to prevent it from losing heat.
- Turn the water heater off if you are going to be gone more than three days.
- Use less hot water by installing low flow showerheads.
- Repair leaky faucets. A drip can waste up to 48 gallons of water in one week.
- Landscaping can provide shade to your home and significantly reduce your cooling costs.
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