Western NY, Finger Lakes, & the Southern Tier

Energy Conservation Tips


The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use!


Home heating

  • Avoid extreme temperature settings. Better to wear a sweater and slippers!
  • Lower temperature when away from home and at night. It really does use less energy to re-heat than to maintain heat!
  • If the sun shines on your windows, open the blinds/drapes and let in the free heat! Close them up at night to keep the heat in.
  • Keep heat vents unobstructed by furniture and drapes
  • Close heat vents in unused rooms
  • Check and replace furnace air filters often
  • Check for leaks in ducts; repair with duct tape
  • Weatherstrip windows.

Home cooling

  • Avoid extreme temperatures. The dehumidifying effect of A/C is as important as temp for comfort - 78° can feel amazing!
  • Check and replace A/C air filters often
  • Cool only rooms you need - close doors to unused rooms
  • Turn A/C off when no one’s home. It really does use less energy to re-cool your home than to maintain a cool temperature!
  • Keep drapes closed during the day to keep the sun’s heat out.
  • Open drapes and windows at night to let in the cool outside air.


  • Turn off unused lights, TVs, stereos, computers, etc. Leaving a room? Turn off the light!
  • Open drapes to let natural light in so you don’t have to turn on electric light.
  • Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs, which are 3-4 x more efficient.
  • Use a dishwashing machine? ~Only run it when the racks are full. ~Skip the drying cycle and let the dishes air dry.
  • Hang clothes to dry instead of running the dryer.
  • Remodeling or redecoration? ~Paint walls light colors. ~Bright colors reflect light which reduces the need for electric lighting.

Water heater

  • Use less hot water. ~Half as much water usually does just as good a job!
  • Turn down the thermostat
  • Insulate with insulation blanket

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