Save Energy & Lower Your Bill
- Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5 percent.
- Do full loads of laundry – wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut laundry energy use in half and using cold water will save even more.
- Air dry dishes. You can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
- Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12% of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75 percent.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, computers and most electronics contribute up to 12 percent of home energy use.
Top Tips for Saving Energy
Replace light bulbs
Replace any light bulb, especially ones that burn more than one hour per day, with a light- emitting diode (LED) bulb.
Seal from the inside.
Air sealing is an inexpensive way to lower energy costs and improve comfort. Seal gaps and holes in walls, floors, and ceilings with caulk or foam sealant. Look for cracks around windows and where wires and pipes pass through.
Use Power Strips
Plug electronic devices such as cable boxes, printers and TVs into power strips to turn off during vacations or long periods without use. Smart power strips make it an easy task to save money.
Keep Curtains Closed
Close shades and drapes during the day to help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Change Furnace Filter
Change your central HVAC system filter when dirty by the manufacturers recommendations. Dirty filters can impact your home comfort and increase your electricity bill.
Adjust Your Thermostat
A one degree increases in heating setpoint or reduction in cooling setpoint can increase energy use by 3 – 5%.
Have your duct work checked for leaks.
Leaks at the return, air handler and supply can be a major source of high bills. Mobile homes check at the grill, cross over duct and down flow air handler, for leaks.
Check Your Water Heater
Set both the upper and lower water heater thermostats no higher than 120 F.
Check the Fridge
Ensure refrigerator door seals are tight. Eliminate unnecessary refrigerators.
101 Tips for Saving Energy
Saving energy is saving money and can be a fun activity to engage your friends and family. Tactics to save energy come in all shapes and sizes, including steps you can take today at no cost. Energy efficiency also increases the comfortability of your home, and makes larger projects worth the investment. In this section, you’ll find small steps and big ideas to help you save today.Learn More