HOME ENERGY TIPS
- Make energy saving automatic. Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position, keeps air running constantly.
- Switch your ceiling fan. Turn in a counter clockwise direction In the summer; in the winter, run it at low speed, but clockwise
- Close unused air vents. If you have central AC you can close air vent in rooms you're not using so you're not paying to cool them.
- Plant trees. Provide shade on the sunny side of your home.
- Close the flue in your fireplace. Install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
- Limit your use of portable heaters. They’re great for "spot" heating, but running a 1,500-watt heater 24/7 can be expensive.
- Change the filters. Heating & cooling system filters every 2-3 months for optimum efficiency.
- Heat your home with the sun's help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime And consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs. Use ENERGY STAR® products. If every American did so, we would save about $8 billion per year in energy costs.
- Consider using timers. Turn lights on in the morning and off during the day.
- Use motion-detector lights. For all your outdoor lighting needs – they are convenient and efficient.
- Keep your freezer full. It uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy.
- Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.
- Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.
- Turn off your water heater. If you are vacating the home for a few days. Most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
- Reduce your water heater temperature. Setting from 140 degrees to 120 degrees — it will save you money while keeping water hot enough for showers and cleaning dishes.
- Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes. Connected to the water heater. It’ll keep your comfort high and your energy bills low.
- Get an insulation wrap to help your old water heater heat in more effectively.
- Plug electronics into a power strip. Turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.
- Avoid energy vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.
- Look for ENERGY STAR appliances. They are up to 30 percent more efficient
- Consider a laptop. The next time you are looking to buy a computer – they use less energy than desktop computers.