ENERGY SAVING TIPS


  • Use a microwave rather than electric range to prepare meals (a microwave uses less electricity than a range). 
  • Wash clothes in cold water and use a strong concentrated detergent like Tide or Gain. 
  • Change the air filter every 30 days. Some people change the filter every time they get their power bill. A dirty air filter reduces air flow, making the blower work harder. 
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room. If no one is in the room, there might not be a need to have the lights on at that time. 
  • Consider replacing incandescent lights that are used for extended periods of time with fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights use lower wattage for the same light output and they don’t give off as much heat. 
  • Close drapes or blinds during the day, especially on the south and west side of the house. Radiant heat from the sun warms the objects in a room, causing the cooling system to work harder. 
  • Use the economy setting on refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters any time they will do a sufficient job at this setting. Energy is wasted if you keep refrigerators and freezers colder than necessary.
  • Check for leaks in duct work. Most leaks can be found with a simple inspection. It is common for a cooling system with a little age to have a few leaks, especially at joints.
  • Check the temperature in the attic during the hottest part of the day, if it is over 135 degrees, additional ventilation would be beneficial. Extreme heat in the attic increases the load on the cooling system.
  • During the summer, if you have a crawl space, open the vents under the house to allow cool air to circulate. 
  • Check around doors and windows for cracks that might allow infiltration. Caulking and weather stripping are inexpensive and usually can be done without hiring someone. For the small cost, they pay big dividends. 
  • Try to leave doors closed as much as possible. Every time you open a door, whether it is the door on your house or the door on your refrigerator, you are letting cool air out and warm humid air in. 
  • During the summer, ceiling fans are inexpensive to operate and moving air feels cooler than still air.