Energy Saving Tips

Electricity works hardest to heat and cool our homes. Here are some simple tips to help reduce your energy use.

Summer

  • If you have air conditioning, set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
  • Block sunlight entry to your home with curtains and shades.
  • Open windows at night then close by mid-morning to hold in cool air.
  • Turn off lights, appliances, televisions and computers when not in use.
  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and dry outdoors.
  • Cancel the drying cycle on your dishwasher and let items air dry.
  • Plant shade trees on the west and south sides of your house. Use trees that lose their leaves in winter so you can benefit from solar gain through windows.
  • Have your A/C or heat pump serviced regularly to maintain its best efficiency and capacity. Check furnace filters often.

Winter

  • Set your home's thermostat at 68 degrees.
  • Check the weather stripping on exterior doors and windows. Adjust or replace it if you can see light around the door.
  • Replace incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs and fixtures.
  • Use timers, photo cells and motion sensors to reduce the operating hours of interior or exterior lights left on for security purposes.
  • Close drapes in the evening and on overcast days to help retain heat. Make sure drapes don't obstruct heat registers.
  • Make sure your foundation vents are closed. If your vents do not close, taping a piece of plastic on the outside will help considerably. This will keep your home warmer and help protect against frozen water pipes.