Energy Savings Tips
- Turn the temperature of your water heater down. Heating water is the third-highest energy expense in most homes. If the temperature setting of your water heater is at 140°F, turn it down to 130°F. You’ll save a few dollars each month.
- Cook meals with your microwave oven, instead of your conventional oven. The microwave uses about half the energy of a conventional oven.
- Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water, and you could save about $50 a year.
- Put a large, dry bath towel in the dryer with each load of wet clothes. The towel will absorb dampness and reduce drying time by up to 33% saving time, energy, and money.
- Install low-emission coated glass windows and you could reduce your heating bill by 34%.
- Make sure your attic is well insulated. This step alone can save you 20 – 35% on heating costs and up to 35% on air conditioning costs.
- Change your shower heads to flow-restricting models, and you could reduce your hot water use by as much as 50% without affecting shower pressure.
- Leave your storm windows in place all year long, as they can provide valuable year-round insulation.
- Dress up your windows with draperies that provide shade from warm sunlight during the warm months, and added insulation in the cold months.
- Use kitchen, bath or other ventilating fans wisely; in just one hour these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air.
Warm & Hot Weather
- Avoid using your stove, oven, dishwasher or clothes dryer during the warmest periods of the day so that your air conditioning system will not have to work harder to keep your home cool.
- Run your dishwasher only when it is completely full. The less often that you run it, the less humidity it will add to the air and your air conditioning won’t have to work harder.
- If possible, install your air conditioning unit in a shaded area.
- Install ceiling fans. They use far less energy than air conditioners and help keep you cool.
- Keep the unit away from direct sunlight and heat-producing appliances. Refrigerators are designed to stay in a conditioned climate, so the excess heat will make your refrigerator work harder to keep cool.
- Consider keeping refrigerators with rear external condensers at least two to three inches away from the wall. This allows more breathing room and better air flow around the condenser coils, which helps the refrigerator cool more efficiently.
- Clean the condenser coils at least twice a year. Dirt, dust and pet hair accumulate and make the unit work harder to keep cool.
- Keep the lint filter clean to maximize air circulation and energy efficiency. Keeping the lint filter clean also prevents fire.
- Keep the dryer's outside exhaust clean to prevent dryer fires and reduce drying time, which saves energy. Keep the dryer at least four inches away from the wall to prevent kinks or tears from forming in the exhaust vent.
- If you have an older top-loading washer, consider converting to a front-loading washer, which uses about 70% less water.
- When appropriate, wash clothes in cold water. This saves the energy needed to heat the water.
- Wash full loads. Washers use about the same amount of energy for all load sizes, so fill up the load to avoid wasting energy.
- Use the high speed spin cycle, which takes more moisture out of your clothes. The drier they are coming out of the washer, the less drying time is needed, which saves energy.
- Keep electric and gas burners clean. Clean burners reflect heat better use energy more efficiently.
- Turn off electric burners two to three minutes before cooking is done and let residual heat take care of the rest.
- If you're cooking a dish that has a long cook time, such as a turkey, put the dish in as the oven is heating up. Near the end of cooking time, turn the oven off and allow residual heat to finish the job.
- If you're making two dishes that both require oven cooking at about the same temperature, put them in together to take full advantage of the energy used to heat the unit.
- Run full loads. Dishwashers use the same amount of energy for all loads, so take advantage of the energy used in each one.
- Use the air-dry setting or open your dishwasher after the wash cycle is finished. Air drying dishes saves more energy than the heat-dry setting. Use a water-sheeting agent to allow your dishes to dry quicker.
- Don't pre-rinse; scrape dishes clean instead to save up to 20 gallons of water.