Home Energy Savings

SUMMER

Stay Cool this summer
and save money!


Set thermostat to 78-degrees or higher

Close blinds and drapes to keep the sun from warming your home

Change the direction of your ceiling fan’s paddles. They should circulate air downward. A ceiling fan can make a room feel 6 or 7 degrees cooler. Run fans only when people are in the room.


Plant trees on the south and west sides of your home to provide shade and reduce cooling costs.


Going on vacation? Unplug all electrical appliances and set the thermostat to 80 degrees or more.

Use toaster ovens, crockpots and microwaves. They use less energy than the stove or oven.


YEAR ROUND

Year-round energy tips


Set the water heater's thermostat to low

Wash clothes in cold water


Turn off lights and ceiling fans when not in use

Turn off computers and other electronic items when not in use

Use energy-efficient light bulbs like LED’s, which suck less power while putting out the same amount of light and last much longer.


Clean the coils under the refrigerator and increase its lifetime.

Shut off the heat, air, and power to the rooms you are not using.


OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ELECTRIC BILL

Install a programmable thermostat

Change filters on your air conditioner/heater monthly

Have your A/C and furnace serviced by a professional once a year

Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs.

Seal around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors

Improve attic insulation to at least R-38

Use motion detectors or timers to cut down on outdoor lighting times

Improve/replace weather stripping around doors and windows

Consider adding solar screens or window tinting

Replace old appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances!

A/C more than 10 years old?  Consider replacing it with an Energy Star-rated unit with a SEER rating of 14 or higher.

Consider replacing single pane windows with low-E Energy Star-rated windows.