Energy saving ideas
Energy saving ideas
Making a few minor adjustments can make a big difference in the amount of energy you use.
By dressing appropriately for the weather, sealing your house, and using appliances wisely,
you can cut energy costs and increase comfort for you and your family.
Weatherize your home
• Weatherstrip and/or caulk around windows
and door frames: seal bypasses.
• Insulate attic floor in the range of R-38 to
• Provide adequate ventilation for air
circulation in your attic.
• Plant trees for a windbreak and sun
Most of us understand the importance
Tips for keeping warm
of conserving energy and protecting
Follow manufacturer’s recommendation
for proper maintenance of your heating
system, or follow these instructions:
the environment, but it’s hard to know
where to begin.
Forced air furnace
Here are some simple actions you
can take right now to reduce your
household energy consumption and
start living a “greener” lifestyle.
• Have your heating and cooling system
inspected annually by a qualified
• Oil blower and motor, if recommended by
• Check flue pipes for signs of rust,
corrosion or holes.
• Check filters monthly and change or clean
as needed.
• Clean humidifier at beginning of heating
• Check ducts and repair leaks or
separations; insulate if in an unheated
Other tips
• Keep thermostat set at 65-68 degrees F
during the day and 58 degrees F at night
or when you will be gone four hours or
more. Set at 55 degrees F during winter
vacations or long periods away from home.
• Keep furniture or other obstructions away
from forced air vents.
• Open shades or drapes to let the sun warm
the house. Other times, keep window
coverings closed to keep cold air out.
• Insulate shades or drapes or hang liners
behind drapes.
• Keep fireplace damper closed when not
in use.
• Keep doors to unheated areas
(basement, garage or attic) closed.
• Humidify if necessary. Dry air
evaporates skin moisture and makes
you feel chilly. Adequate humidity
makes lower temperatures feel more
• Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans
• Plug cold air leaks around permanent
window air conditioners. If grille plate
is removable, tuck in cloth or plastic to
shut off drafts; be sure to remove before
turning unit on.
• Stretch plastic tightly over inside or
outside of windows to reduce cold air
• Wear several layers of medium weight
clothes versus one heavy layer.
Tips for keeping cool
• Keep temperature difference between
indoors and outdoors 15 degrees or less.
• In summer, shade windows from direct
sun with awnings and trees. Apply
tinted plastic film to windows to reduce
solar heat gain and reduce work for air
• Keep cooling system clean, including
filters, fans, ducts, vents and
thermostats. Clean or change filter
monthly during heating and cooling
seasons. Keep condensation drain open.
Do not block circulation of air from
vents or cold air returns with furniture
or drapes.
• Adjust registers to promote upward air
• Keep outdoor cooling unit clean;
remove leaves and debris. Clean
exposed coils with garden hose, from
inside of the unit out.
Using appliances wisely
Range, oven or broiler
Water heater
• Preheat oven five to ten minutes for pastries
and foods that rise, such as cakes and breads.
It is not necessary to preheat for meats and
• Insulate hot water pipes that run through cold
• Gas broiling is smokeless; broil with the door
closed. Infra-red broilers do not need preheating.
• Bake multiple recipes and freeze extras for later
• Avoid opening oven door; you can lose up to 50
degrees F.
• Never use oven to warm the kitchen; it was
not designed for space heating and could be
Range burners
• Cook on HIGH only when necessary. When food
begins to boil, lower flame to lowest setting
needed to maintain a gentle boil.
• Fit flames to pan size; cover pans whenever
possible and cook foods in least amount of water
• If burner flame is yellow, ports (holes) and/or
grates may need cleaning.
• Use to heat small quantities of food (up to 2
• Allow space around unit for good air circulation.
• Defrost freezer before ice builds up to 1/4” thick.
• Set at highest temperature that will keep food
from spoiling: 40 degrees F for refrigerator, 0
degrees F for freezer.
• Check refrigerator door seal; replace if
necessary. Open and close door as little as
possible, especially during hot weather.
• Wash only full loads; see owner’s manual on
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• Set your water heater to 120 degrees F. Today’s
dishwashers typically have booster water heaters
to further heat water to the higher temperatures
needed for dishwashing.
• Fix leaky faucets or toilet tanks. A small leak can
waste as much as 3,280 gallons of water a year.
• Avoid long showers and full tub baths.
• Install a controlled-flow showerhead to reduce
hot water use.
• Run garbage disposal with cold water.
Washer and dryer
• When convenient, wash and dry full loads.
• Use warm or cold water wash and cold water
rinse whenever possible.
• Clean dryer lint screen after each load. Dry
fabrics only as much as necessary and run
consecutive loads when possible.
• Vent dryer to outside, and ensure vent remains
clean and free from obstruction or blockage.
• Separate lightweight fabrics from heavy weight
• Use “automatic cycle” if your dryer has one.
When replacing dryer, consider a large capacity
Additional energy savers
• Turn off lights and TV in unoccupied rooms.
• Keep light bulbs clean; even a film of dust
reduces efficiency. Fluorescent bulbs use less
energy than incandescent bulbs, give more light,
and last longer.
• Scrape dishes but do not rinse; keep filter screen
• Check EnergyGuide labels when shopping for
new appliances. Improved design and materials
make new major appliances much more efficient.
• Shut off dishwasher before drying cycle. Open
door and let dishes air dry, or use energy-saver
air-dry option, if possible.
• Put computers in sleep mode or turn off when
not in use.
• Use proper amount of detergent. Too much or
too little reduces efficiency.
• Drain a few pails of water from faucet at
bottom of water heater every month to remove
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