Energy Saving Tips
Customers can reduce their energy use and help save money by following some simple tips:
In The Winter
- Prepare for the cold months
Schedule service for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
- Weatherize your home
You can save 10 percent or more on your home energy bill by stopping air leaks alone.
- Open curtains to naturally heat home
Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- Lower your thermostat
For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2 percent on your heating bill.
- Lower the water heater
One significant way to reduce energy consumption if you're away on vacation is to simply lower the water heater. If you'll be gone three or more consecutive days, set the water heater to the lowest or 'vacation' setting if there is one.
Many electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when powered off. Unplug these energy "vampires" when not in use.
- Use Power Strips
It's easy to forget to turn off electronics when leaving the house, never mind unplug them. Plug items like TVs into a power strip so you can shut off several devices at once.
- Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Kiss incandescent bulbs goodbye and welcome their energy-efficient replacements: compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs. CFL bulbs use about a third of the energy consumed by a halogen incandescent. LEDs use about a quarter and last up to 25 times longer.
- Dry Lightweight Clothes First
This tactic helps build up the heat in the dryer for heavier fabrics.
- Pick Permanent Press
This is the dryer setting that uses the least amount of energy. It's intended for thinner or more delicate fabrics but might be adequate for small loads.
- Dry With a Towel
A clean, dry towel added to a wet load absorbs moisture and could decrease drying time by 25 percent.
- Use the Toaster and Microwave
Cooking or heating up food with a toaster oven or microwave saves more energy than warming on the stove or in the oven.
- Set the Right Temperature
Keep the fresh food section of the refrigerator set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer section at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Leave Room in the Fridge
The refrigerator and freezer operate most efficiently when not crammed with food. Also be sure there's enough clearance behind the appliance to let air circulate.