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