Energy Saving Tips
- Tune-up your heating system prior to the heating season to ensure that your heating system works at maximum efficiency. This will enable the system to burn less fuel, saving you money on your heating bill and conserving energy to help the environment. Having your heating system regularly tuned-up will also resolve problems before they become costly out-of-pocket repairs.
- Lower your thermostat to 68°F for eight hours a day and you’ll save as much as 10% on energy costs. Every degree you lower your thermostat could save you about 3% on your heating bill.
- Winterize your windows with weather stripping and insulate the inside of the windows to keep cold air out and warm air in.
- Change your heating system filter once a month.
- Keep baseboards and vents clear of rugs and furniture.
- Reverse the direction of ceiling fans so that they move warm air down.
Please note: Unfortunately, carbon monoxide sources such as furnaces, generators and gas heaters are common in homes and can put your family at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, especially during the winter months when your home is not open to the fresh air. It is recommended that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home if you own appliances that burn natural gas or propane, oil, wood, coal or other fuels. You should also install a detector if you have a home with an attached garage.
- Avoid using your stove, oven, dishwasher or clothes dryer during the warmest periods of the day so that your air conditioning system will not have to work harder to keep your home cool.
- Run your dishwasher only when it is completely full. The less often that you run it, the less humidity it will add to the air and your air conditioning won’t have to work harder.
- If possible, install your air conditioning unit in a shaded area.
- Install ceiling fans. They use far less energy than air conditioners and allow you to feel cool while keeping your thermostat set at a higher temperature.
Throughout the Year
- Turn the temperature of your water heater down. Heating water is the third-highest energy expense in most homes. If the temperature setting of your water heater is at 140°F, turn it down to 130°F. You’ll save a few dollars each month.
- Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water, and you could save about $50 a year.
- Put a large, dry bath towel in the dryer with each load of wet clothes. The towel will absorb dampness and reduce drying time by up to 33%, saving time, energy and money.
- Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator every year. The dirt buildup makes the refrigerator work harder to keep the contents cool, using more energy.
- Install low-emission, glass-coated windows and you could reduce your heating bill by 34%.
- Make sure your attic is well insulated. This step alone can save you 20%-35% on heating costs and up to 35% on air conditioning costs.
- Change your shower heads to flow-restricting models, and you could reduce your hot water usage by as much as 50% without affecting shower pressure.
- Leave your storm windows in place all year long, as they can provide valuable year-round insulation.
- Dress up your windows with draperies that provide shade from warm sunlight during the warm months, and added insulation in the cold months.