Small changes can make a big impact on the environment and your utility bill! You can save energy dollars by following these simple tips.
Heating and cooling:
Fans blowing directly on you can make the temperature feel up to 4 degrees cooler.
Have your system inspected by a licensed and bonded professional at least twice a year.
Install a programmable thermostat. Set a schedule that matches when you will be home and when you will be away.
Outside air conditioning units, or condensers, should be shaded, if possible, but free of debris or obstructions.
Replace filters. Dirty filters will make your system work harder and run longer than necessary.
Caulk air leaks. Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out.
If you have a window unit, close off unused rooms.
Close interior blinds, drapes, or shades to block the sun and heat during warmer weather.
Clean the lint filter after every load. Your dryer will dry more efficiently, requiring less running time.
Wash your clothes using the cold water setting when possible.
Dry loads of clothes back-to-back to take advantage of heat built up in the dryer.
Close the door to the dryer room to keep from heating up the house.
Run washing machines and dishwashers on a full load.
Cook outside. When possible, keep the heat out of your home using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
If your water heater is set above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, bump it back. You'll save 3 to 5 percent on your water heating costs for every 10-degree reduction, and you'll reduce your family's risk of burns.
Switch to LED: An LED light typically uses 90% less energy than an equivalent incandescent.