Home Energy Saving Tips

Power & Light

These Home Energy Saving Tips will help you determine what you can do to make your home more energy efficient, more comfortable and help you save money.

Heating - Cooling

  • Replace the air filters on your central heating system regularly.

  • Limit the thermostat control setting for the furnace in the heating season to a maximum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Limit the thermostat control setting for the air conditioner in the cooling season to a minimum of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Consider installation of programmable thermostat to maximize "setback" savings.

  • Consider installing ceiling fans.

  • Adding reflective film or sun screens to glass areas can result in energy savings when installed on east, south and west exposures.

  • Planting trees and shrubs to provide shade while not obstructing natural ventilation can result in energy savings.

  • Insulate ductwork and/or piping.

Building "Envelope"

  • Insulate attic, outside walls, floors over crawl space, etc.

  • Add insulation to attic access panels or pull down stairs.

  • Install insulation in gaps around pipes, ducts, fans or other items which enter the attic or exit the house from a conditioned space.

  • Install 1 square foot of attic ventilation per 300 square feet of attic space.

  • Use outlet and switchplate gaskets to reduce air infiltration.

  • Caulk, seal and weather strip around windows and doors.

Water Heating

  • Set water heater thermostats to 115 - 120 degrees Fahrenheit (140 degrees if using a dishwasher not equipped with a temperature booster).

  • Replace showerheads and faucets with type limiting flow to 2.5 gallons per minute.

  • Reduce use of heater water for clothes washing.

  • Turn off electric water heater at breaker or set back gas water heater to "pilot", "vacation", or lowest heat setting when your home is vacant for 2 days or more.

  • Replace washers ("O - rings" in washerless faucets) where leaking. 

  • Install insulating wrap for water heater. 

  • Insulate hot water pipes.

Refrigerators/Freezers

  • Clean refrigerator and freezer coils at least biannually.

  • Check the gasket around your refrigerator door.  Close the door on a piece of paper.  If the paper slides out easily just adjust or replace the gasket.

  • Use the "power - saver" switch if your refrigerator has one.  This turns off little heaters designed to prevent condensation in extremely humid climates.

  • Eliminate use of underutilized second refrigerator / freezer and consolidate storage into primary appliance.

  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer at the right temperature.  The refrigerator should be between 38 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Miscellaneous

  • Use compact florescent lights and lighting controls where appropriate.