Energy Tips

Fall Tips

  1. Free Heat
    On sunny winter days, open your drapes and shades to take advantage of the free heat from the sun.
  2. Thermostat Settings
    Set your thermostat at 68 degrees in winter – no higher than 70 degrees and save approximately 6.2 percent on your heating bill.

General Tips

  1. Air Conditioning
    Replace your central air conditioning unit with high efficiency equipment to save between 14% and 40% on your annual bill.
  2. Drying Clothes
    Dry clothes on a clothesline if you want to save between 2% and 4% on your yearly bill.
  3. Heat System
    Replace your old electric resistance heat system with a heat pump to cut your annual electric bill by as much as 50%.
  4. Heating System Checkup
    Get a yearly checkup for your home heating system. Duct leaks, incorrect settings, and inefficient systems can easily increase your bill by 15%.
  5. Out of Town Settings
    If you’re going to be gone two or more days, turn off your hot water heating system and set the thermostat settings higher if its summer and lower if its winter and save 10% to 20% off your annual bill.
  6. Plugging Leaks
    Plug leaks in attics, basements, fireplaces and even around electrical outlets to save 1% to 2%.
  7. Showers vs. Baths
    Remember, showers use less hot water than a bath – 10 gallons for a 5-minute shower, 25 gallons for a hot bath.
  8. Water Flow Restrictors
    Add water flow restrictors to shower heads and faucets and reduce annual water heating costs from 5% to 10%.
  9. Water Heater Temperature
    Reduce your water heater temperature by 20 degrees and save between 5% and 10% on your annual water heating bill.
  10. Water Heating System
    Add a waste heat recovery water heating system to save as much as 35% to 55% on water heating costs with central air conditioning systems and as much as 50% to 70% with a system using a central heat pump.
  11. Weatherstrip
    Weatherstrip windows and doors and save 1% to 8%.

Summer Tips

  1. Caulking
    Caulk windows, doors, baseboards, exhaust fans, dryer vents, and other places where pipes and wires enter the house to save 1% to 4%.
  2. Cooling System Checkup
    Get a yearly checkup for your cooling system too because a properly maintained system can save between 1% and 13%.
  3. Generator Safety
    For members who need emergency power during an outage, portable generators can be a safe and convenient way to provide electricity if used correctly. Failure to properly use a generator can result in severe injury or death. A safety checklist is available under Energy Information.
  4. Raising Your Thermostat
    Experiment with raising your usual thermostat setting in summer because every degree raised will save you between 5% to 10% of your bill.

Winter Tips

  1. Free Heat
    On sunny winter days, open your drapes and shades to take advantage of the free heat from the sun.
  2. Thermostat Settings
    Set your thermostat at 68 degrees in winter – no higher than 70 degrees and save approximately 6.2 percent on your heating bill.

Resources

101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money

Home Energy Savings Guide

Commercial Energy Savings Guide

You Can Control Your Usage: A Step-by-Step Guide on Reading Your Electric Meter