Energy Saving


Follow these energy saving tips for your home to reduce home ownership costs, extend the useful life of products and ensure safe operation.

You may also conduct a home energy audit to further increase energy savings and comfort.

Heating and Cooling

  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
    • 78F in summer and 68F in winter are suggested.

  • Clean and replace filters regularly.
  • Keep registers free of obstructions.
  • Close drapes, blinds and shades over large windows and glass doors to form a barrier against heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer.
  • Consider installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to move cooled air at lower cost.
  • Timely professional maintenance will help maximize efficiency and product life.

Lighting and Electronics

  • Turn off your lights when leaving a room.
  • Switch to EnergyStar Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), which use up to 75% less energy.
  • CFLs provide the greatest savings in fixtures that are on for a long time each day.
  • CFLs can be recycled at home improvement stores.
  • Avoid “phantom loads”: electronics and A/C adapters that continue to draw power even when they appear off.
  • To cut all power to a charger or adapter, unplug battery chargers or power adaptors when not in use, or use the switch on a power strip to cut all power to the charger or adapter.
  • Activate power management features on computers and laptops.

In the Kitchen and Laundry Room

  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator – uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Avoid using the “rinse hold” feature on your dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes:  it uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.

Minimize Air Loss

  • Apply caulking around door frames and weather-stripping around doors that do not close tightly.
  • Seal holes around outlets with an inexpensive outlet gasket.
  • Install door sweeps on your doors to seal the gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when not in use.

When Buying New Appliances and Equipment

  • Select properly-sized EnergyStar appliances and electronics when possible.
  • An automatic ice maker is the biggest energy hog for the freezer. Find an energy star label without an ice tray option and save even more energy.
  • Compare efficiency ratings when it’s time to replace heating and cooling equipment.
    • Furnaces:  look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings.
    • Air conditioners:  look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).

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