Interested in using energy more efficiently? Regardless of the type of energy service we provide to you, the following suggestions can help you manage your energy costs.
- Replace furnace filters regularly to allow for more efficient air flow.
- Update temperature settings. Set to 78 degrees when the air conditioner is on, 68 degrees when the heat is on.
- Check all faucets and toilets. Even a small drip can add up over time.
- Set the water heater temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
- Check that all windows are completely closed. Consider window insulation kits or use Bubble Wrap or plastic film.
- Insulate under/around drafty doors and windows.
- Close or open curtains and blinds to allow for natural sun heating, cooling and lighting.
- Check inside and outside lighting timers to account for longer days and more sunlight in the summer and shorter days and less sunlight in the winter.
- Make sure LEDs are in highest-use lamps and fixtures, both inside and outside. For every bulb on at least two hours per day, save $5 or more per year by switching to an LED bulb.
- Remove dust from in front of and behind the refrigerator, including condenser coils, fins and evaporator to reduce refrigerator electricity use by up to 30%.
- Unplug an extra refrigerator and consolidate food in a single unit to save up to $150 year.
- Turn off dishwasher’s “heat dry” setting and allow dishes to air dry. Depending on the model, this can save up to 50% of energy use per cycle.
- Reduce wasted heat by using the correct size burner for pots and pans, and using lids on pots.
- Run clothes dryer on a “less dry” setting, then hang on a rack or hangers to finish drying.
- Unplug or turn off power strips connected to computers, printers, smart devices, televisions, power adapters/chargers and other items not in use.