Energy Efficiency Tips

Follow these simple steps to increase energy efficiency and enjoy significant savings.

  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature at certain times of the day.
  • Dimmers and timers can be added to light fixtures to reduce energy costs.
  • During winter, open draperies to let in the sun's warmth during the day; close draperies to slow the loss of heat through the glass at night.
  • Upgrading the insulation in your exterior walls, crawl spaces, basement and attic can be an inexpensive way to conserve energy year round.
  • Use caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows to seal cracks and leaks. Also, check for tiny holes around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
  • Consider clear window insulator kits in the winter to eliminate drafts. This will make it easier for your heater to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
  • Maintain the duct work in your home. Make sure your ducts are properly sealed and consider getting them cleaned out on a regular basis.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label. These are available for indoor and outdoor lighting.
  • Plug home electronics into power strips, and turn the power strips off when those electronics are not in use.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Unplug battery chargers when not in use.
  • Wait until you have full loads of laundry or dishes to wash them.
  • Strategically placed trees and shrubs can be a beautiful way to bring shade and reduce energy costs.
  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Put a lit flashlight in your refrigerator and close the door. If you see any light peeking through, you may need to replace the seal.
  • Make sure your refrigerator isn't cooler than it needs to be. The temperature in your refrigerator should be between 38 and 40 degrees, while the freezer should be between 0 and 5 degrees.
  • Keep your freezer as full as possible. The more full it is, the less cold air will escape when you open the door.
  • Try to reduce your time spent in the shower. Consider a high-efficiency shower head.
  • Use the cold or warm water settings on your washing machine. Hot water is generally only needed for oily stains.
  • Keep the lint filter in your dryer cleaned out to improve air circulation.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on a clothes line or drying racks whenever possible.
  • Consider installing an exhaust fan in your kitchen. This will remove hot air and reduce cooling costs.

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