• Home Energy Saving Tips

  • During the Winter Months:

    • Set your thermostat to 68°F during the day and 60°F at night and you can save 3 percent on your heating costs for every degree you reduce the temperature below 70°F.
    • Special advice to heat pump owners: Heat pumps need to stay at a constant setting, unless you have a programmable electronic heat pump thermostat with adaptive recovery. Check with your heating or air conditioning contractor to determine the type of thermostat you have.
    • Winterize windows with weather stripping (for all moveable joints) and caulk (for non-moving parts). Also, install a window kit to the inside of your windows to help keep cold air out and warm air in.
    • Change filters once a month. A well-maintained heating system can save money and increase the comfort level in your home.
    • Make sure your fireplace is airtight because you may be losing more heat than you are generating.
    • Inspect all ductwork for any air leakage to save up to 10 percent on your heating costs. If there is air leaking at the joints, use silver metal duct tape to seal them.


    During the Summer Months:

    • Regularly check the air filter of your air conditioner – a clean air filter improves system efficiency, which should lead to energy savings.
    • Set your thermostat at 78°F, a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.
    • Have a professional check your air conditioning system to ensure that it works properly and is not leaking coolant.
    • Be sure all windows are shut and outside doors are closed when the AC is on.
    • It is important not to have lamps, televisions or other heat sources close to the air conditioner thermostat – heat from these sources may cause the air conditioner unit to run longer than it should.
    • Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans. This will enable cooled air to circulate freely, making your home more comfortable.


    Year-round

    • Your water heater is the third highest energy expense in your home. If the water temperature is set at 140°F, turning it down to 130°F will save a few dollars each month.
    • Using a microwave to cook meals uses about half the energy of a conventional oven.
    • Washing clothes in cold water instead of hot can save you about $50 per year.
    • Another way to save energy in the laundry room is to put a dry towel in the dryer with each load of wet clothes. The towel will absorb dampness and reduce drying time, saving energy and money.
    • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more efficient, compact fluorescent ones. Besides saving energy, you will also save money in the long run, since the life span of a fluorescent bulb is substantially longer.
    • If you have a crawl space, inspect it regularly to ensure that the insulation inside is dry. When insulation gets wet, it isn’t as effective. Be sure to find the source of the moisture and replace any damaged insulation.
    • Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator at least every three months. The dirt build-up makes the refrigerator work harder to keep the contents cool and therefore uses more energy.