Energy Saving Tips
1. Lower your thermostat at night
and when you're not home. Use a programmable thermostat so it's automatic. Every degree lower can take 2 percent off
your power bill.
2. Make it a habit to shut off lights, computers and other appliances when you're not using them.
3. Switch to compact fluorescent
bulbs. They use a fourth of the energy used by regular bulbs.
4. Replace halogen lamps in torchieres with compact fluorescent torchieres. They use about 70 percent less energy
and produce more light.
5. Use motion detectors to turn on outdoor lights rather than leaving them on all night.
6. Close your fireplace damper
when there's no fire. Leaving it open is like having a 48-inch-square hole in your house.
7. Close off and don't heat
8. Take showers with low-flow showerheads (they use 50 percent less hot water) instead of baths.
9. Set your water heater at 115
degrees (F), which is comfortable for most uses. Turn your water heater off when you go on vacation.
water heater in R11 insulated wrap but don't cover the thermostat.
11. Run only full loads in your dishwashers and
clothes washers - and wash in warm or cold water.
12. Wash and dry clothes on week-ends when energy use isn't as
13. Air dry your dishes. In nicer weather or in a warm basement, air dry your clothes.
furnace and heat pump filters to keep them operating efficiently.
15. Limit use of kitchen and bathroom fans since
they pull heat out of the house.
16. Open south-facing drapes and blinds during the day to let heat in.
17. Cover all windows at night
18. Weather strip around your doors and windows and anywhere you feel a draft.
19. Set your refrigerator between
37 and 40 degrees (F).
20. Keep your refrigerator well stocked. It takes more energy to cool an empty fridge.
out of refrigerator coils and out of dryers.
22. Use a microwave or toaster oven for cooking and heating small
23. Check ceilings and crawl spaces to ensure there's adequate insulation.
24.S eal or fix broken basement
25. Fix broken ducts and replace cracked or peeling tape on ducts. Use tape with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories)
26. For long-term savings, choose and use energy-efficient appliances. Compare energy rating labels before you