Tips on Saving Money and Energy (Electricity, Natural Gas) in Your Home or Business.
Our energy saving tips show you how easy it is to cut your energy use at home or business.
Saving energy is about more than simply saving money. Lowering your energy consumption can also reduce your impact on the environment.
Here are things you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home or business all year around.
Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
Buy tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters work only when they're needed; they don't use energy keeping a big tank of water hot.
Choose the right kind of exterior doors, including the garage door. Look for insulated fiberglass models. They look like wood, but they are five times more energy-efficient than wood.
Clean the dryer lint filter regularly to keep your dryer running efficiently.
Clean/replace filters in furnace every 3 months. A dirty filter slows down air flow and makes the system work harder.
Close the flue damper tightly when not in use.
Cozy up with an electric blanket. Plug in your blanket instead of turning on the heater.
Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight.
Enable power management features on your home computer and monitor.
Have your chimney inspected. Be sure to also keep the chimney damper closed when it is not in use.
Inspect insulation time to time. The best way to be sure your insulation is up to snuff is to hire a professional to check the insulation throughout your property.
Install a properly sized ventilation fan to control moisture in the air while you shower or bathe, as well as control mold and mildew growth. Run your fan for 15 minutes after showering.
Install a timer for your water heater that will turn it off when you are not at home or at night.
Install dimmer switches.
Install Exterior Window Treatments. Options include Exterior Shutters and Shades, Awnings, and Exterior Solar Window Screens.
Install Interior Window Treatments. Options include Insulated Cellular Shades, Window Quilts, Roller or Roman Shades, Blinds, Curtains and Drapes, and Window Films.
Insulate and seal ducts.
Insulate attic, walls, seal cracks, and openings.
Layer up. Reach for a sweater or blanket. Weather-appropriate clothes help reduce the demand for heat.
Let the sun in in winter. Open blinds and shades during the day and remove any solar screens so the sun can warm your home.
Older appliances are often less energy efficient. Replace them with ENERGY STAR products.
Pay attention to conservation alerts. Throughout the summer, the Electric Reliability Council may issue conservation alerts and ask to conserve power to ensure the power grids are not over-stressed, especially during peak-demand periods. By conserving power, even in small ways, you can help relieve stress on the electricity grid, making uninterrupted power more available for everyone.
Plug home electronics into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
Put exterior or security lights on timers.
Service your air conditioner.
Set pool pumps to run early in the morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.
Turn off the lights when they're not in use.
Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.
Use ceiling fans.
Use energy star-qualified AC.
Use energy-saving lightbulbs.
Use halogen lightbulbs outside.
Use programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostat will lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night.