Tips to Save Energy & Money

  • To cool your home: Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat switch on “auto." For additional savings, raise your thermostat at 82 degrees or warmer while away from home. Ensure that doors and windows are closed.
  • To heat your home: Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat switch on “auto." To save even more, lower the thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at bedtime or while away from home. Ensure that doors and windows are closed.
  • Install a programmable thermostat: The programmable feature allows automatic temperature adjustments that maximize energy savings.
  • Clean or replace the AC filter every month: This will trim cooling costs and help the unit operate more efficiently. When the filter is dirty, the AC unit does not run properly and this will increase the energy use and decrease the life of the unit.
  • Turn off ceiling fans: If a room is not being occupied, then turn the fan off. A fan that runs constantly can cost up to $7 dollars a month depending on its size and age.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer: Ensure the filter is clean before every load, it will dry the clothes faster and save you money.
  • Purchase dryers with auto-sensor function: The moisture sensor on these dryers help conserve energy by not overdrying clothes.
  • Air dry clothes: This saves you the most money and it also extends the life of your clothes.
  • Adjust the water level on the clothes washer: Have the right amount of water for the load being washed, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
  • Replace light bulbs: Replace incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs. They use about 1/4 of the energy to produce the same amount of light, last up to 10 times longer and produce about 75% less heat (which reduces cooling costs). See important information about facts, recycling and disposing of CFL light bulbs at the bottom on this page
  • Festive occasions: Use LED light or CFL light strings. Many options are available even with solar features ad this could save you money during the holiday season.
  • AC ducts: AC ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems. In typical houses, about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts. The result is an inefficient HVAC system, high utility bills, and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set. Look for holes, tears, and other signs of leaking ducts and seal them using mastic compound. Insulate all the ducts you can access such as those in the attic, crawlspace or garage.
  • Maintain the AC unit: Just as a tune-up for a car can improve the gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of the heating, and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.
  • Doors and windows: Caulk and weather-strip around windows and door frames that leak air.
  • All penetrations: Cover and seal all penetration surroundings that lead from plumbing, duct work, or electrical runs with caulk. Improving the home’s envelope or shell is one of the most important steps to maximize the home's energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. In the bathroom, sealing around drafty windows, baseboards, and floors can help avoid common mold and moisture problems.
  • Attic: The attic is one of the places where often the biggest air leaks are found, which can increase energy bills and make the house uncomfortably hot in summer and cold in winter. Weather-strip and insulate the attic door to improve the home's comfort and overall energy performance.
  • Electrical outlets and switches: Seal holes around outlets and switches with caulk and place inexpensive foam gaskets behind the cover plate. Use electric outlet plugs to help reduce air infiltration from the wall cavity into living spaces (for unused electric outlets).
  • Outlets: Unplug all battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.
  • Water Heater: Set the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.