Save Energy and Money with these Tips
Energy efficient strategies will help your home and budget.
Seasons are changing and so are thermostats. Now is a good time to review and apply some energy-saving habits. These not only save the energy used at home, but also can save you money in your pocketbook.
In the wintertime:
- Use ceiling fans, with fan blades running clockwise: this pulls cool air up toward the ceiling, which in turn displaces the warm air that rises and collects near the ceiling.
- Close doors and vents to unused rooms makes it easier for the home's furnace to deliver the desired temperature to occupied living spaces.
- Keep the thermostat at the right temp - 68-72 degrees. Use clothing layers for added warmth.
In the summertime:
- Use ceiling fans, with fan blades running counterclockwise: this forces the room air down, giving you a wind chill effect to feel cooler. Ceiling fans can cool a room down by as much as 10 degrees.
- For windows, hang up window treatments that block sunlight and prevent heat from entering through your windows.
- Keep humidity down, to feel cooler, using a dehumidifier. It helps save the burden on your air conditioner. Simple room fans can help a room feel less humid, too.
- Keep the thermostat at the right temp - 78 degrees.
Throughout the year, remember to:
- Unplug electronics, like charging devices for phones, tablets, and digital cameras, when not in use. Use a power strip with an on/off switch to make it easy to decrease the use of electricity.
- Seal cracks around the windows or door jambs to avoid drafts of air.
- Make sure all lighting fixtures use LED bulbs, not incandescent.
- Use appliances with the Energy Star* label.
- Use the microwave to heat leftovers. Use the oven only for big items.
- Clean and/or replace old filters in your HVAC unit, refrigerator/ice maker, and clothes dryer (after each dry load).
- Conserve water by landscaping with native plants that typically use less water.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees or less.
- Turn off the tap water, and don't leave it running, while you wash dishes or brush teeth.
*ENERGY STAR certified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality—sometimes significantly. Look for the label on certain appliances, electronics, water heaters, windows, and other products that consume energy in your home. Not all appliances are ENERGY STAR certified, including residential microwaves, stoves, ranges, and ovens. Visit energystar.gov for the full list of certified appliances.