Energy Saving Tips
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.
- Turn off lights when not using or leaving a room.