Energy Savings Tips
Want to economize energy usage and bills? Here are some money saving suggestions. If you have a tip of your own, click here to send it and we will add it to our list.
- Go to www.doe.gov to find tax credits, rebates, and many more ways to saving.
- When buying new appliances, be sure to purchase energy-efficient labeled models.
- Set the furnace thermostat at 68 degrees or lower, and the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. 3% – 5% more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68 degrees and for each degree the air-conditioner is set below 78 degrees.
- Set the water heater thermostat at 140 degrees or “normal.” If you have a dishwasher. Otherwise, set it at 120 degrees or “low.” Check your dishwasher to see if you can use 120 degree water. Follow the manufacturer’s direction on yearly maintenance to extend the life of your unit. If your home is vacant for several hours a day we recommend installing a timer on your water heater so your water is heated as needed.
- When replacing your air-conditioner purchase an energy efficient model.
- Lighting controls make sense in almost every situation. The absolute best method of saving energy is to turn off or reduce the amount of lighting when it is not being used. Lighting controls can achieve this in many different ways. Controls are an inexpensive way to reduce costs and have many other benefits such as longer lighting system life and reduced maintenance costs. Install a timer on indoor lights. Use timers to turn lights on and off to help regulate use.
- Consider LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. LEDs are becoming more common for can, track, under-cabinet and holiday lighting. Initial cost is more, but the lights use 10 times less energy and last 50 times longer than incandescent lights. They use one-third the energy and last 5 times longer than compact fluorescent lights. Avoid long-life incandescent light bulbs. Long-life incandescent light bulbs are the least efficient of the incandescent bulbs.
- Clean or replace furnace and air-conditioner filters regularly, following manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. If operating instructions allow, turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle, open the door and let the dishes dry naturally.
- Defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick.
- Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows facing south and/or west to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.
- Adjust light level. Higher light settings use more energy, so save energy by using dimmer controls, high/low switches or three-way bulbs to adjust the level of light to exactly what you need.