Wisely managing your home's energy use keeps your energy costs
down while providing you and your family comfort through all seasons.
Use ceiling or oscillating fans to keep air moving, so you feel
cooler without increasing air conditioner use. In the winter,
change your ceiling fan blades to rotate clockwise, which will
pull warm air to the ceiling and redistribute it to warm the
entire room. This will allow you to adjust your thermostat by a
few degrees without compromising comfort.
Caulking around door frames and installing weather stripping
around door openings are inexpensive and highly effective
means of saving energy.
Ducts that leak conditioned air into unconditioned spaces can
add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling
bills. Insulating ducts that are in unconditioned spaces is
usually very cost effective. Make sure your existing ductwork is
well-sealed and insulated by a professional when you
purchase a new furnace or air conditioner.
From how to
efficiency while
using everyday
appliances to
saving on
heating and
cooling costs,
use this helpful
guide to reduce
your energy use
this year.
We have plenty
of ideas to help
you save money
on your energy
Cutting a 15-minute shower in half can save substantially on
yearly hot-water costs.
Don't block vents or ducts inside the house. Maintaining clear
air paths allows your cooling and heating systems to work
more efficiently.
The information on these pages was
gathered from the U.S. Department of
About 80 to 85 percent of the energy involved in washing
clothes is used to heat the water. Use less water and lower the
temperature. Switching your temperature setting from hot to
warm can cut washing-related energy use in half.
These costs account for about 44 percent
of your yearly energy spending. Use these
tips to reduce your energy costs.
Program it
A smart or wireless
thermostat will allow you
to automatically turn the
temperature up or down
after you leave home and
restore a comfortable climate before your
scheduled return. But these devices must be
used properly to achieve energy savings, and
some customers may be better off with a
simpler manual thermostat.
Change is good
Open and closed
Keep draperies and
shades on south-facing
windows open during the
heating season to allow
sunlight to enter your
home. Close those
window coverings at
night to reduce the chill you may feel from
cold windows. In the summer, use shades,
blinds or curtains to keep sunlight out,
especially during the afternoon in rooms
facing west.
Go green
Plant trees and shrubs to
keep the house and the
air conditioner's outdoor
component in the shade,
yet still allow air to
You can reduce your lighting costs by as much as 50 percent by
replacing just 25 percent of your lights with compact florescent
or LED lights when you focus on bulbs in high-use areas.
Consider switching to LEDs, which can use up to 90 percent less
energy and last up to 25 times longer than regular incandescent
bulbs. Over the course of its lifetime, an LED bulb will save the
user an average of $80 in energy costs.
Otherwise, you can replace traditional incandescent light bulbs
with compact fluorescent lights that carry the Energy Star label.
Energy Star-qualified CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than
standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. They
also generate about 70 percent less heat, so they're safer to
operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
Replace your air filter
each month. A simple
reminder is to change
your filter each month
when you receive your
utility bill.
Turn off the lights in any room you're not using. Consider
installing timers or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of
time your lights are on. Instead of brightly lighting an entire
room, focus the light where you need it.
Our Residential Efficient Lighting Program includes instant
discounts on LED bulbs in addition to CFL bulbs.
Place your refrigerator and freezer in a cool, well-ventilated location and, when possible, some distance
from the range or oven. Avoid placing a second refrigerator in a hot garage, which will keep the unit working
overtime to try to stay cool.
Clean dirt and dust from condenser coils frequently to help your refrigerator operate more efficiently.
Test your refrigerator temperature and adjust the setting to maintain the correct temperature (37-40
degrees). To check refrigerator temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the
center of the refrigerator. Read it after 24 hours. To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer
between frozen packages. Read it after 24 hours.
Check door seals for proper fit to avoid air leaks. If you can easily slide a credit card between the door and
the frame of your fridge or freezer, adjust or replace the seal.
Read food preparation instructions carefully and make sure to follow the recommended temperatures for
safe cooking. Only preheat your oven if the recipe or safety instructions call for it.
On stovetops, match the pan size with the cooking element. Covering pans will help cook food faster and
conserve fuel.
Run your dishwasher with full loads only, and if your unit has an energy-saving setting, use it.
In the winter, open the door to allow dishes to air-dry, which will save energy and humidify the air, making it
feel warmer. In summer, use the machine's air-dry setting, and only wash dishes during cooler times of the
day and night.
From fixing leaks to installing timers, use
these tips to reduce your energy use
related to heating water.
No more leaks
Repair leaky faucets
promptly. A leaky faucet
wastes gallons of water
and can waste energy if
the leak is in a hot water
faucet. Consider installing
low-flow aerators on
kitchen and bathroom
faucets and water-saving
showerheads, too.
Lower the temp
When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a
moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when
your clothes are dry. Not only will this save energy, it will save the
wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.
Wash full loads of clothes, but don't pack them so tightly that air
cannot circulate freely.
Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents
whenever possible.
Upgrade models
You could also replace
your water heater with a
new, high-efficiency
model, or even a solar
water heating system. A
simple timer can pay for
itself in less than a year.
Consider insulating your hot-water storage
tank as well, but exercise caution and always
follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
When in doubt, get professional help! You
could also consider insulating the first 6 feet
of the hot and cold water pipes connected to
the water heater to reduce heating costs.
Dry laundry loads right after each other so your dryer doesn't
have to reheat for each load. And do it during cooler periods of
the day and night in the summer.
Consider hang-drying your clothes outside on sunny days if
Reduce the temperature
setting to 120 degrees, as
recommended by the
National Safety Council.
This will save some of the
energy used to heat
water for your washing
machine and dishwasher
while reducing the
possibility of scalding
Also, clean the lint tray after each load. This will help improve air
circulation, ensuring that your clothes dry efficiently.
Make sure the dryer is vented properly to the outside.
Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers
recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that
may collapse and cause blockages.
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