Energy-saving tips

 Energy-saving tips

 

 The tips on this page

 

can help reduce your household energy use and your utility bill.

Each energy bill reflects the lifestyle of the people living in the home. Therefore, how and what you do to save energy is reflected in your energy bill.

Below are no-cost, low-cost steps to get the most out of your energy dollar.

  • Install an ENERGY STAR® smart thermostat. Based on typical energy costs, you can save up to $145 a year on heating and cooling costs.
  • In the summer, set your thermostat to 78°F or higher. Set it to 85°F or higher when you leave your home for more than four hours.
  • In the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68°F when at home, and 60°F when away or sleeping.
  • Change your heater and/or air-conditioning filter every 30 days and get an annual check-up to maximize its operating efficiency.
  • Use a portable fan or install ceiling fans. Creating air movement in a room can improve the comfort of the space. Ceiling fans are often all you need to make your home comfortable. They also can cut energy use and cost compared to central air conditioning.
  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • Try to reduce cooking time and avoid adding heat to your house that the air conditioner has to remove. Cook in the microwave or use a patio grill.
  • Keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain - especially where direct sunlight comes into windows.
  • Caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors can save up to 10 percent of your overall energy use.
  • Avoid unnecessary appliance use during the day and turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Set your water heater no high than 120°F.
  • Avoid using portable electric heaters as they can consume a large amount of electricity in a short period of time.
  • Turn off lights and unnecessary electronics when they are not in use.