Energy Saving Tips
DO A LITTLE. SAVE A LOT.
Everything you do, no matter how small, can add up to big savings. From flipping a switch to upgrading to CFLs. So take your pick, and save your money.
Heating, Cooling, and Water Heating
Get the most our of your heating, cooling and water heating systems.
- Close shades and drapes during the day to help keep heat out in summer.
- Clean or replace HVAC air filters monthly.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in summer.
- Keep your garage door down. A cooler garage in the summer will save money.
- Monitor your home's relative humidy in the summer. If it consistently stays in the 60% range or higher, ask your HVAC technician about your central air condition unit's indoor fan speed.
- Outside your home, caulk around all penetrations including telephone, electrical, cable, gas, water spigots, dryer vents, etc.
- Keep your garage door down. A warmer garage in the winter will save money.
- Set thermostats to 68ºF in winter.
- Ensure attic access door closes tightly and is insulated.
- When using the fireplace, turn down your heating system thermostat.
- Set water heater temperature no higher than 120ºF
- Install water saving shower heads.
- Fix dripping faucets.
- Drain 1-2 gallons from bottom of water heater each year to reduce sediment build up.
- Take quick showers instead of baths. This greatly reduces the amount of hot water needed.
- Insulate exposed hot water lines.
- Wash clothes in cold water. Use hot water only for very dirty loads.
Lighting, Appliances and Electronics
Light your home at a lower cost and use your appliances and electronics efficiently.
- Replace any light bulb, especially ones that are on more than one hour per day, with a light emitting diode (LED) bulb.
- Replace outdoor lighting with its equivalent outdoor-rated LED bulb. LEDs work well in cold weather.
- Use fixtures with electronic ballasts and T-8, 32 Watt fluorescent lamps.
- Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or a motion sensor.
- Turn off unnecessary lighting.
- Use dishwasher’s air-dry cycle instead of the heat dry cycle to dry dishes.
- Make sure dryer vent hose is not kinked or clogged.
- Ensure refrigerator door seals are tight.
- Use a slow-cooker instead of simmering foods on the stove.
- Regularly defrost refrigerator or freezer to avoid ice buildup.
- Only run dishwasher when fully loaded.
- Only do full laundry loads.
- Clean dryer’s lint trap before each load.
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- Plug electronic devices such as cable boxes, printers and TVs into power strips to turn off during vacations or long periods without use.
- Unplug battery chargers when not needed
- Turn computers and monitors off when not in use.
- Turn large-screen TVs off completely when not in use.
- Enable auto power down feature on gaming consoles.
- Request an ENERGY STAR® set-top box from cable or satellite provider.
- Turn off pool pumps and heaters when not needed.