Energy-Saving Tips

Everyone likes to save money. We've compiled a list of simple tips to help you save on energy and keep your bill as low as possible, while also helping protect the environment.

  • Heating and Cooling

    • Change your air filters monthly.
    • Have your heating and air system serviced annually by a licensed professional.
    • Do not let weeds, leaves or other debris obstruct your outdoor unit.
    • Keep all interior doors and air vents open.

    Heating

    • Set your thermostat to 68 F or lower in the winter. 
    • Use your ceiling fan on low speed, in a clockwise direction, to force the warm air from the ceiling down to the living space. 
    • Open your blinds and curtains during daylight hours to help heat your home.

    Cooling

    • Set your thermostat to 78 F or higher in the summer.
    • Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms to make you feel cooler.
    • Close blinds and curtains during the day to block the sun’s heat.
    • Keep your AC fan on auto, not on. 
  • Weatherization

    • Check your insulation. Insulation reduces heat flow through your home’s building envelope, hence lowering your heating and cooling costs. Make sure every part of your house is insulated – attic, floors and walls. We recommend an R-30 value for attic insulation, R-19 for floors and R-13 for walls.
    • Seal air leaks. Air leaks are one of the greatest sources of energy loss in homes. To identify leaks check around plumbing and lighting fixtures, light switches, windows and doors. Use weather stripping on windows and doors that don’t close tightly. Use caulk on small holes and expanding foam on larger areas. 
    • Use storm windows or double-paned replacement windows to greatly reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Storm windows are relatively inexpensive, and they also help decrease the outside noise that enters your home.
    • Properly seal ductwork. Gaps in joints and at plenums can cause your heating and cooling bills to increase by as much as 30% and can allow air contaminants to enter the home. Sealing with duct mastic is the best way to fix the problem permanently.
  • Appliances

    Water Heater

    • Set the water heater thermostat to 120 F.
    • Insulate your electric water heater with insulated blanket.
    • Replace old water heaters with an ENERGY STAR model.

    Refrigerator

    • Recommended temperatures are 35-38 F for the fresh food compartment and 0 F for freezers.
    • Cover food and liquids stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture making the compressor work harder. 
    • Replace old refrigerators with ENERGY STAR models. Top-freezer models are more energy efficient than side-by-side models.
    • Check refrigerators and freezers for significant energy loss. Make sure they are as full as possible and that the seals are in good condition. Don't put refrigerators or freezers in unconditioned garages if possible.

    Dishwasher

    • Run the dishwasher when it is full, but not overloaded.
    • Load the dishwasher properly and don’t block the dispenser or spray arms.
    • Let dishes air-dry instead of using your dishwasher’s heated dry setting.
    • Use the shortest washing cycle and avoid using the heat-dry option.

    Washing Machine

    • Wash full loads. It takes the same amount of energy to wash a single item or a full load.
    • Using cold water will clean most clothes and save energy.
    • Don’t use too much soap as it may require a second wash to remove excess soap.
    • Replace your old washing machine with an ENERGY STAR certified washer.

    Dryer

    • Clean the lint screen after every load to maximize efficiency.
    • Use a cool-down cycle to allow load to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.
    • Separate heavy and lightweight items. Heavy items need more drying time resulting in increased energy usage. 
    • Promptly remove clothes from the dryer to avoid ironing.

    Cooking Equipment

    • Use small appliances such as microwaves, crockpots or toaster ovens instead of the oven when possible.
    • Keep the oven door closed while cooking as you lose 25 to 50 Feach time you open it to check on your food.
    • Use pots and pans that properly fit the heating element. 

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