66 Ways to Save - PSEG Long Island

66 Ways to Save - PSEG Long Island
66 Ways to Save
Energy and Lower your Electric Bill
Just follow
some of these
easy, inexpensive
energy saving tips.
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Keep in Mind
that with changes in our lifestyles we
now have more appliance and
electronics choices available at home
such as smartphones, tablets,
e-readers, HDTVs, and others that
were not common 10 years ago.
You can enjoy these conveniences and
still save energy and money. We hope
this booklet helps you make better
energy choices, become more energyefficient, lower your bill, and ultimately
reduce your carbon footprint.
Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Refrigerators & Freezers . . . . . . . .5-6
Laundry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-7
Dishwashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Cooking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Consumer Electronics . . . . . . . . .10-11
Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12-15
Hot Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15-16
Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-18
Making improvements to your home’s
lighting is one of the simplest and least
expensive ways to reduce your energy
costs because lighting accounts for
about 12% of your home’s electric use.
New technologies can reduce the
amount of energy used for lighting in
your home by 75% or more.
Use light emitting diode (LED) bulbs in all
table, floor lamps, and light fixtures in your
home. These bulbs use up to 90% less
energy than incandescent bulbs while
providing the same amount of light. You
can save even more since these newer
bulbs can last 15 times longer than
traditional bulbs. Although efficient bulbs
cost a bit more, they pay for themselves
by saving energy over their lifetime.
Today, efficient options are available for
virtually every fixture and need.
Always look for the ENERGY STAR®
label when purchasing lighting
Use fluorescent fixtures with reflective
backing and electronic ballasts for
your workroom, garage, and laundry
areas for better efficiency and
LED holiday lighting comes in a variety
of festive styles and colors, uses up to
90% less energy, and stays cool to
the touch.
Consider installing timers or
occupancy sensors to turn off the
lights when you leave a room.
The same technology in the form of
motion detectors outdoors will also
save energy while providing security.
Three-way lamps make it easier to
keep lighting levels low when brighter
light is not needed. Dimmers can vary
the level of illumination according to
how much light you may need. Make
sure you purchase efficient bulbs
specifically made for either
Be sure to place your refrigerator
away from appliances that
generate heat, such as ovens and
dishwashers. Otherwise the
refrigerator will have to work much
harder to cool and its efficiency will
Don’t keep your refrigerator or
freezer too cold. Check temperature settings by placing a thermometer in the appliance for one
hour. Refrigerator temperature
should be 35-38 degrees
Fahrenheit and freezer temperature
should be 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have an old working
refrigerator or freezer in the
basement or garage, it could be
costing you an extra $200 or more
per year. We'll pick it up for
recycling, give you a rebate and
you'll save energy and money.
Refrigerators &
Like other appliances that heat and cool,
refrigerators and freezers are big energy
users and have to be “on” all the time.
A new refrigerator with an ENERGY
STAR label is at least 10% more
efficient than new conventional
models and can save hundreds of
dollars over its lifetime if you replace
a unit that's more than 10 years old.
Consider a model rated ENERGY
STAR Most Efficient for the biggest
Make sure the seals on your
refrigerator and freezer fit tightly. A
door seal leak allows cool air to
escape, forcing your refrigerator to
use more energy to keep food cold.
Test the seal by closing the door over
a piece of paper that is half in and half
out of the refrigerator. If you can pull
the paper out easily, the latch may
need to be adjusted or the seal
Vacuum and clean condenser coils
on your refrigerator twice a year.
Always leave space between the
refrigerator and surrounding walls to
allow air to circulate.
Grandma was ahead of her
time. In the summer months,
save energy like she did by
simply drying your clothes using
a clothes line in your backyard.
The dollar savings will make it
worth your while.
In addition to buying ENERGY
STAR certified clothes washers, be
even more efficient by checking
the Modified Energy Factor (MEF).
The higher the MEF the more
efficient the clothes washer.
Ninety percent of the energy your
washer uses goes toward heating
the water. Save by using hot
water only for heavily soiled
laundry, especially since today’s
detergents are formulated to work
just as well in cold water.
Washing dishes by hand may not save
energy or money. In fact, running a full
dishwasher typically uses less hot water
than hand washing.
Front load washers are gentler,
more effective and much more
energy efficient than traditional
top-loading clothes washers.
A dryer with a “moisture sensing”
device saves energy by shutting
off automatically when it senses
your clothes are dry.
For greater efficiency, always run
the washer and dryer when you
have a full load of laundry.
ENERGY STAR certified
dishwashers are 10% more
efficient than conventional
dishwashers, using less energy
and less water than conventional
When shopping for a new
dishwasher, look for models that
require less hot water. Dishwashers
differ in the number of gallons of
hot water used in the wash cycle.
Using a new ENERGY STAR
certified dishwasher instead of
hand washing dishes can save
nearly 5,000 gallons of water per
year. The manufacturer's
specifications or the Energy Guide
label should list this information.
ENERGY STAR certified dryers
use 20% less energy than
conventional models. Heat pump
dryers offer double the efficiency
and include ventless models that
allow for placement virtually
anywhere in your home.
Take advantage of
the energy saving
control on many
dishwashers. It
turns off the heat
during the drying
cycle. Opening the
dishwasher after
the rinse cycle and
letting the dishes
air dry is also an
easy way to save
Clean your dryer’s lint filter after
every load to improve air
circulation and efficiency. Lint
build up blocks air flow and
lengthens drying time.
There are many steps you can take to
conserve energy while cooking, such as
using the correct oven temperature and
using smaller cooking appliances such
as microwave ovens to prepare food.
A microwave oven is an
energy-efficient alternative to a
conventional oven. It cooks
food more quickly and wastes
less heat than an electric oven.
Use pots and pans that are
properly-sized to “fit” your stove
top burners. Using a small pan
on a large burner wastes energy
and can be a safety hazard.
Cookware with flat bottoms and
tight covers are best.
When preparing meals in your
oven, choose foods that are
cooked at about the same
temperature. That way your
oven can cook several dishes
at the same time.
Avoid “peeking” by opening the
oven door. Each “peek” lowers
the oven temperature.
Consumer Electronics
ENERGY STAR certified office and
imaging products use 40% less
electricity than conventional electronic
Turn off electronics such as
personal computers, monitors,
copiers, and printers when they
are not in use.
Preventing phantom load is
made easier with Advanced
Power Strips. You can control
power to multiple devices at
once, plus they provide surge
Just be aware that many
electronics continue to draw
power when they are switched
off and still plugged in –
accounting for 75% of the
electricity they use, in the
average home. This is often
referred to as “phantom load”
and can occur with DVRs,
televisions, mobile device
chargers, and kitchen
appliances. Avoid phantom
load by simply unplugging the
item when not in use.
Consider a multifunction device
which combines a number of
operations into one device, such
as a printer/scanner/copier
Turn your computer monitor off
instead of using a screen saver.
Screen savers prevent your
monitor from going into sleep
mode, increasing energy use.
Ink jet printers can be as much
as ninety percent more efficient
than a laser printer.
Consider a laptop over a
traditional desktop computer.
They are not just more
convenient but use less
electricity. ENERGY STAR
computers and monitors save
energy only when the power
management features are
activated. Read the owner’s
manual for more information.
ENERGY STAR certified
cordless phones use about
half the energy used by a
standard cordless phone.
Always be sure to turn the TV
off when no one is watching.
Consider plugging your DVD
and other video components
into an Advanced Power Strip
so that when the TV is turned
off, the other components will
turn off too.
Cooling your home uses more energy
(and energy dollars) than any other
“comfort system” in your home. You
can save money and increase your
comfort by properly maintaining and
upgrading your equipment.
It is important that a new central
air conditioning system be
properly-sized based on the
Air Conditioning Contractors of
America (ACCA) “Manual J”
guidelines, which consider more
than just your home’s square
footage. Properly-sized and
installed units reduce humidity,
making for a more comfortable
as well as an efficiently cooled
If you have central air conditioning,
regular maintenance is essential to
keep it working efficiently. Keep
the condenser unit’s coils and fins
clean. Remove grass, leaves, and
other debris that may collect on
them. Keep shrubbery away from
your air conditioner because it
can block vents and reduce the
unit’s ability to exhaust air.
ENERGY STAR certified
televisions use about 25% less
energy than standard units.
Choose the "home" or
"standard" picture setting over
"vivid" or "retail," which require
15 - 30% more power.
If your system is 10 or more
years old, it could be 40% less
efficient than today's highefficiency systems and not
providing the comfort you
expect. PSEG Long Island
offers rebates when you install or
replace a central air conditioner.
See our current offers at
Fans can make your air
conditioner’s job easier.
Pedestal and ceiling fans
improve the air circulation in
your home, allowing you to
raise the air conditioner’s
thermostat. When it is not too
hot, consider using portable or
ceiling fans instead of air
Always look for ENERGY STAR
equipment with high Seasonal
Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
for optimum efficiency and lower
cooling bills. Also, quality
installation includes proper
sizing, testing and commissioning of your system. A poor
installation can reduce
performance by 30% or more.
Whole-house fans help cool your
home by pulling cool air through
the house and exhausting warm
air through the attic. They are
most effective when operated at
night and when the outside air is
cooler than the inside.
To stay most comfortable
during the hottest hours of the
day, do your cooking, ironing,
laundry and bathing in the early
morning or late evenings.
These activities all increase the
level of humidity in your home,
making it less comfortable. By
using heat-generating appliances in the early morning or
late evening, when the outside
temperature is still not so high,
your home will stay cooler.
Turn off kitchen, bath, and other
exhaust fans as soon as they
are no longer needed after
cooking or bathing. This type of
fan removes cooled air from
your home.
Storm windows keep cool air in
and hot air out. Weatherstripping
and caulking windows and
doors will also keep cool air
from leaking out and hot air
from entering.
The location of your room air.
conditioner has a lot to do with
how efficient it will be. Try to
locate your units on the north,
east or the best-shaded side of
your home. A unit exposed to
direct sunlight has to work much
harder and use more energy to
cool your home.
Regular maintenance will ensure
that your room air conditioner
operates efficiently throughout
the summer. Check the filter
once a month by holding it up to
a bright light. If you cannot see
through it, it’s time to clean or
replace the filter. Also check your
owner’s guide to find out how to
safely clean the condenser coils
and fins on the outside of the unit.
Seal spaces around the air
conditioner with caulking to
prevent cool air from escaping
and hot air from entering.
On hot summer days the
temperature in your attic can
reach 150 degrees. Improving
the ventilation in your attic will
lower the temperature of the
entire house and make your air
conditioner’s job much easier.
Depending on the size of your
home, you can save three
percent on your cooling costs
for every degree you raise your
thermostat in the summer. Raising the thermostat from 73 to 78
degrees will have minimal impact
on your comfort while saving up
to fifteen percent in cooling costs.
Don’t set your thermostat at a
colder setting than normal when
you first turn on your air conditioner. This will not cool your
home any faster and could result
in excessive cooling and an
additional expense, as the unit
will need to work harder.
Hot Water
Electric hot water heaters are the second
largest energy user in the home. Even if
your water heater is oil- or gas-fired,
electricity is needed to run the circulator
motor, which brings the hot water to
your sink or shower. Using hot water
efficiently can add up to big savings.
If you have an automatic
dishwasher, the hot water heater
setting can be lowered to 120-140
degrees and the dishwasher will
still clean your dishes effectively.
Repair leaky faucets promptly. A
leaky faucet wastes gallons of
water in a short period of time. A
small drip can be the equivalent
of wasting a bathtub full of hot
water each month.
Bathing uses the most hot water
in the average household. To save
energy, take short showers instead of baths. Any hot water you
can save not only reduces your
energy bill for heating the water,
but reduces your water bill as well.
Lower your water heater
temperature to 120° F (or
“Warm”). You may save even
more energy by wrapping an
older water heater in a special
insulation blanket. A quick check:
if your water heater is warm to
the touch, additional insulation
may be needed.
All heating systems need electricity to
operate. An energy-efficient furnace
alone will not have as great an impact
on your energy bills as using a “wholehouse approach”. By combining proper
equipment maintenance with appropriate
insulation, weather stripping, and
thermostat settings, you can cut your
energy use for heating and reduce
environmental emissions.
Check the filters in your forcedhot air heating system monthly
and replace or clean them when
they become dirty.
Have your heating system
checked periodically by a
properly trained licensed
Properly insulating walls,
ceilings, floors, hot air ducts and
hot water pipes significantly
reduces the loss of heat.
At the same temperature, dry
air makes you feel colder than
moist air. Maintaining home
humidity will produce personal
comfort at a lower thermostat
Insulate heating hot air ducts and
hot water pipes that provide
heat to the rooms in your home.
Purchase a programmable
thermostat to automatically
raise and lower the temperature
in your home according to your
lifestyle. You can easily save 10%
on heating and cooling costs by
properly setting and maintaining
a programmable thermostat.
Keep your heating thermostat
at the lowest temperature
comfortable for you.
Storm windows and doors are
big energy and money savers.
They can reduce heating costs
by as much as 15% by preventing warm air from escaping.
Double-glazed and thermopane
windows or even clear plastic
across windows can minimize
heat escape.
Portable electric heaters are
costly to run – consider
installing efficient electric
heat pumps instead of
traditional electric heating.
Let the sunlight in! Open
curtains, blinds and shades
over windows facing the sun to
help keep your home warm
and reduce heating needs.
Clean warm-air registers,
baseboard heaters, and
radiators as needed. Make
sure they are not blocked by
furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
Keep the fireplace
damper closed tightly
when not in use.
PSEG Long Island’s efficiency programs
can help you use less energy and lower
your energy costs.
If you would like more information about
PSEG Long Island’s programs, or if you
have any questions, please visit us at
www.psegliny.com or call our
Energy Infoline at 1-800-692-2626.
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