The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use!
- 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.
- 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.
- Use less hot water. ~Half as much water usually does just as good a job!
- Turn down the thermostat
- Insulate with insulation blanket