As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling.
- Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
- Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the summer, 68 degrees or lower in the winter. Ceiling fans help keep you comfortable at higher thermostat settings.
- Consider installing programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home's temperature settings when you're away or sleeping.
Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.
Replace incandescent lightbulbs with energy efficient bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LEDs), especially in “high use” fixtures or lamps. This can save 75% of lighting energy.
Only run the dishwasher with full loads and “heated dry” turned off. Let dishes air dry.
Wash full laundry loads and use cold water. Heating hot water accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes.
Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Run dishwashers and laundry appliances during “off-peak” times (between 7 p.m. and 12 noon).
Reduce “phantom” electric loads with power strips. Some electronics and appliances continue to use energy when simply plugged in. “Smart” power strips are available for electronics, to separate devices that can be shut off when not in use from those that need to stay on.
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