Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

To see where your primary energy costs derive from, use our energy calculator. This may inform you what types of actions you can take to save energy.

During the day, keeping your blinds or curtains open allows natural light to enter, reducing the need for having lights turned on.

Only run your dishwasher when it is full. 

When doing laundry, try not to over wash the clothes and rinse them in cold water. 

Turn off any lights that you do not need on. 

Turn off any electronic equipment, such as your computer, when you are not using it.

During our cold winters, have your block heater plugged into a timer.

Lighting choices have changed since most incandescent bulbs have been phased out. Compared to incandescent bulbs, halogens use about 28 percent less electricity, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about 75 percent less and LEDs use 85 percent less electricity. LED bulbs last 8 or 10 times as long as CFLs, so they are worth a try in spite of the higher purchase price.

Consider replacing older appliances with newer, more efficient ones.

Make sure walls, attics and floors are filled with adequate insulation.

Install a setback thermostat that controls heating costs by automatically lowering the heat when no one's home.  For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save three percent on your bill.

Close off heat and doors to unused rooms.  Keep closet doors closed - you don't need to heat them.

Caulk, weather-strip and use foam to seal air leaks.  Pay special attention to the areas around windows and doors; where pipes enter walls; around light switch and outlet boxes and anywhere two materials meet.

To help reduce home heating demand, consider using motorized air intake and outlet dampeners, minimizing the exchange of air through openings and ducts.

Keep your furnace clean.  Change or clean your filter monthly during the heating season.  Washable filters should be completely dry before replacing them in the filter rack.

Have your system checked yearly by a professional.  Regular maintenance helps keep it working efficiently and safely.