No and Low Cost Energy Saving Tips
No Cost Tips
- Vacuum furnace registers regularly and avoid blocking them with furniture and other objects to keep air flowing freely.
- Close windows and window coverings in hot weather during the day to keep hot air out. Open windows at night or early morning to let cool air in.
- Turn down the thermostat to 65-68 degrees during the day and 58-60 degrees at night during cooler months. If you have a heat pump, turn the thermostat down no more than three degrees at night. In warm weather, set your heat pump or air conditioning thermostat to 72-75 degrees.
- Heat your home in winter with help from the sun by leaving window shades or blinds open during the daytime; close window coverings at night to help keep the heat in.
- Close fireplace and wood stove dampers when not in use, but wait until several hours after the fire is out and the ashes are cold.
- Turn off lights when not needed.
- Use the water-saving setting on your dishwasher.
- Shorten showers to cut hot water costs.
- Wash and rinse laundry with cold water. To save more energy and water, run full loads.
- Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Set water heater temperature no higher than 120 F.
Low Cost Tips
- Install a smart or programmable thermostat so it can adjust the temperature automatically and help you save energy all year long.
- Use ceiling fans to push hot air down in winter and to keep air circulating so you feel cooler in summer. Use window fans to pull cool air in and draw warm air out, and consider an attic fan to provide powered ventilation.
- Clean or replace filters regularly to help your furnace, heat pump and air conditioner work at peak efficiency.
- Cover bare floors with rugs to add comfort and help retain heat, especially if there is little or no floor insulation.
- Install LEDs lamps in your most-used lights to save the most on energy costs. Kitchens and bathrooms are a great place to start.
- Install water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators.
- Check your water pipes, toilets and faucets for leaks and promptly repair them.
- Install gaskets around exterior wall switches and outlets to prevent air loss and infiltration.
- Caulk small holes and cracks around ducts, pipes, exhaust fans, vents, sink and bathtub drains, fireplace and under countertops.
- Add weather stripping to drafty doors and windows.
- Insulate exposed hot water lines.