Got a minute? Save hundreds of $$$

Saving energy in your home doesn’t require a major investment of money or even your time.  The tips listed below will cost you little of nothing and could reduce your annual energy bill by 25% or more!

Summer Saving Tips

Maintain and use your air conditioner wisely

  • Set the thermostat at 78° or higher and dress appropriately.
  • Clean or replace filters at least once a month.
  • Turn off the air conditioner when you are going to be gone for several hours and draw the shades to keep heat out. It takes less energy to re-cool the house when you return than it does to keep it cool while you are gone.
  • Keep heat-generating appliances away from the thermostat, minimizing the use.
  • Complement your air conditioner by using fans (fans use much less electricity than an air conditioner).

Lights/ Ceiling Fans/ Draperies

  • Again use compact fluorescent lights (CFL) they use as little as ¼ the amount of electricity used by incandescent bulbs.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and electronics.
  • Put a fan blowing in a window on the cool side of the house which will push out hot air while pulling cool air into the rest of the house.
  • Turn ceiling fans counter-clockwise to push air down and keep rooms cool in summer.
  • Close shades during the day to reduce solar heat gains.
  • Open shades and blinds on cool but sunny days.
  • White blinds, shades and curtains reflect sunlight (dark colors absorb it).
  • Close storm windows and doors to keep cool air in.

Water heaters/ Insulation

  • Reduce the thermostat on your water heater.
  • Make sure attics and exterior walls and floors are properly insulated.
  • Eliminate air leaks between the air conditioner and window with foam insulation or weather stripping.

Landscaping

  • Air conditioners work more efficiently when shaded (but make sure trees and shrubs do not block air flow).
  • Plant deciduous trees on the west and south sides of your yard, you can shade your home from sunlight during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Rocks and cement hold and radiate heat.

Other tips

  • On very hot days, minimize the use of dryers, washers, ovens, stoves and other appliances that generate heat.
  • Days when the temperature reaches 90° or more, it is best to wait until after 6:00 pm before cooking, doing laundry and washing dishes.

Winter Saving Tips

Adjust Thermostat Temperature

  • Turn down the thermostat.  Reduce the temp from 70° to 65° while you are home, and turn it down to 60 or 55 while you’re away or asleep.
  • Dress in warm/ layered clothing.
  • Close off an unused room entirely.
  • Lock windows, it tightens the seal to stop heat leaks.
  • Entertaining friends, turn down the thermostat a degree or two before they arrive.  The additional body heat will make up the difference.

Water heaters

  • Set the temperature on your water heater at an appropriate level.  115° or 120° should be warm enough to meet household needs.

Furnace systems

  • Change furnace filter regularly.
  • If you have a natural gas furnace, check the pilot light periodically.  It should be steady blue flame.

Lighting / Ceiling Fans/ Draperies

  • Install compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). CFL use dramatically less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last much longer.
  • Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.  Turn off or unplug computer, TVs and other electronic device when you are not using them or away for a few days.
  • Set ceiling fans to run clockwise in the winter. This will draw air up and keep warm air circulating.
  • Keep blinds, shades and draperies open during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home (but close them at night for insulation purposes).

Insulation

  • Make sure the attic, all exterior walls and floors are properly insulated, along with basements or crawl spaces.
  • Look for dirty spots in your insulation, which often indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house.

Other tips

  • Close refrigerator door quickly.
  • Turn up the temp a few degrees in your refrigerator and save quite a few dollars.
  • Don’t preheat oven any longer than necessary.
  • Keep oven door closed while food is cooking.
  • Wash and rinse dishes in double sink and not under running water.
  • Use extra blankets instead of electric blankets.
  • Take showers that are 7 minutes or less.
  • Install high-efficiency showerhead and faucet aerator.
  • Turn off water while brushing your teeth.
  • Wash only full loads in cold water in clothes washer.
  • Dry only full loads in clothes dryer and wash loads back-to-back to take advantage of built-up heat.