Tips to Save Energy

Tips to Save Energy

  • Get a home energy audit (also called “professional energy assessment“).
  • Purchase an energy efficient heating and air system.
  • Adjust your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise.
  • Keep exterior doors and windows closed when the Air Conditioner is on.
  • Change or clean your air conditioner’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • During the warmer months, use shades, blinds and drapes to prevent the sun from overheating your home.
  • Repair leaky ducts to reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Install attic insulation.
  • Make sure air is not leaking through openings such as fireplaces, doors and windows.
  • Close unused air vents. Close air vent in rooms that are not being used.
  • Install and use ceiling fans in your home.
  • Increase the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home during.
  • Keep your thermostat set to 68-70 degrees during the day in the winter, and 65-68 degrees at night.
  • Shut the flue in your fireplace and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
  • Limit your use of portable heaters because running them for an extended period can be expensive.
  • Remove drapes and furniture away from air vents.
  • Using an energy-efficient heat pump and you could cut your heating costs in half.
  • Lower your thermostat when you leave your home.
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
  • Motion-detector lights for outdoor lighting are cost-effective.
  • Opt for light-colored or opaque lamp shades.
  • Place lamps in the corners of your home to reflect light onto two walls.
  • Microwaves and toaster ovens use less energy to reheat leftovers than conventional ovens.
  •  Keep your refrigerator temperature set between 30 and 42°F.
  •  Replace older refrigerators with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model.
  • Keeping your freezer full uses less energy than an empty freezer.
  • Select energy-efficient appliances because they are good for the environment and use less energy.
  • Over-drying your clothes wastes energy, and can result in extra static and wrinkling.
  • Ensure that your dryer vent is located on the outside of your home.
  •  Wash full loads of clothes.
  • Hang dress clothing to air dry.
  •  Before every load of laundry, clean the dryer lint filter.
  • Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle to let your dishes air-dry.
  •  While using the oven, keep the oven door closed. Opening the oven may cause the temperature to drop by as many as 25 degrees.
  • Copper-bottomed pots and pans use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
  • Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready to allow existing heat complete the cooking.
  • Matching your pot size to the burner size on your stove results in energy saving.
  •  Wash laundry with cold water and you can save as much as save 40 cents per load.
  • Test your hot water pipes for leaks.
  • If leaving home for a few days, turn off your water heater.
  • Taking shorter showers will save you money.
  • Use insulation wrap on and existing water heater heat in more effectively.
  • Change your water heater settings from 140 degrees to 120 degrees.
  • Plug electronics into a power strips and turn the power strip off when not in use.
  • Laptop Computers use less energy than desktop computers.
  • Set your computer to sleep mode instead of using a screen saver.
  • When batteries are completely charged or not in use, unplug the battery charger.
  • Reflective Coatings on your roof can help your roof to lasting longer.
  • High-performance windows may reduce the amount your use an Air Conditioner in the warm months.