Tips for Saving Energy All Year Long
Saving energy doesn’t have to be a seasonal activity. These no-cost and low-cost tips can help provide energy savings year-round.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
Unless your clothes are really dirty, choose cold water. It’s the most energy-efficient and economical choice.
- Set your heating system’s thermostat to 68 degrees.
For every degree you turn your thermostat down, you will use about 1% less energy.
- Open or close your blinds depending on the season.
Open curtains and blinds in cooler months to allow the sunlight to warm your home. Close them in warmer months to keep rooms cooler.
- Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
The default temperature setting on water heaters is around 140 degrees. Turning the temperature down to 120 degrees is safer and will save 4% to 22% annually.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
Keep the damper in your fireplace closed unless a fire is burning. Otherwise, your heated or cooled air can escape through the chimney.
- Change ceiling fan direction with the seasons.
In the winter, set ceiling-mounted circulating fans to a clockwise rotation to circulate warm air. In summer, set fans counterclockwise to circulate cool air.
- Replace incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting with LEDs.
Energy Star® residential LEDs use less energy and last longer than incandescent and CFL lighting.
- Plug your TV, cable box and video game console into a smart power strip.
Idle electronics suck energy and can contribute to up to 10% of a household’s monthly electric usage. Plugging equipment into a smart power strip reduces energy waste.
- Check and change furnace filters regularly.
Clogged or dirty air filters cause your furnace to work hard and waste energy. Clean filters increase efficiency, extend the life expectancy of your furnace and help cut energy costs.
- Install high-pressure/low-flow showerheads.
Aerators and high-pressure/low-flow showerheads not only save water, they save on the cost of heating water. Less water used is less water to heat.