Energy Saving Tips
- Lowering the temperature by one degree during any 24-hour period
decreases your heating bill by up to 3%, but do not turn off your furnace - it will
use more gas to return to a warmer temperature. Instead, try setting your thermostat
to these temperatures:
- When you're home: 68 degrees
- When you're away: 60 degrees
- Let in the Sunshine. Keep draperies and shades open during the
day but remember to close them at night to reduce chill from cold windows.
- Install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to save energy
by setting your home to a lower temperature during the evening and when you're away.
- Insulate pipes, walls, attic, crawl spaces, basement and floors,
as well as ventilator ducts and water pipes that pass through unheated areas such
as the garage, basement, and attic. Note: When purchasing insulation, higher 'R-values'
represent better insulation.
- Inspect heating and air ducts. Ensure ducts in conditioned areas
are as clean as possible. In unconditioned areas, such as an attic or vented crawl
space, seal your ducts to prevent leaks.
- Seal cracks and leaks on doors and windows. Caulk and weather-strip
around doors and windows to reduce air flow and energy loss.
- Lower water temperature. Save between 3%-5% in energy costs for
each 10ºF reduction of your water heater temperature. Consider setting water heater
to 120º, and switching to "vacation" when you're away.
- Replace older appliances with ones that have high energy-efficiency
ratings. Note: these may be eligible for federal tax credits or rebates.
- Run full laundry loads on a cold or warm water setting. Minimize
unnecessary loads and save on heating costs.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. Traditional showerheads deliver
between 5-8 gallons of water per minute (gpm). The current standard for low flow
showerheads is 2.5 (gpm) at the same water pressure, so an investment of as little
as $5 can cut the cost of a hot shower by 50%.
- Repair leaks in showers and faucets. A single faucet that drips
just once every second wastes 8.6 gallons per day, or almost 260 gallons per month.
- Adjust dishwasher settings. Use the "energy saver" switch on your
dishwasher; set it on the low temperature setting when feasible.
- Rearrange furniture or shorten draperies to unblock registers and
- Change furnace and A/C unit filters a minimum of three times a
year or more to ensure maximum air flow and cooling efficiency.
- When it's hot outside, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or warmer
with the fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to
82 degrees or warmer when you're away.
Additional Helpful Links
For a copy of the Department of Energy’s guide, "Energy Savers: Tips on Saving
Energy & Money at Home," please visit www.energysavers.gov.