More Tips & Ideas
1. Make the switch to LED
Switch your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. They last at least 25x longer and consume up to 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.
2. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat and in colder weather schedule your home’s heat to lower when you are away or asleep, and increase when you are returning home or waking-up. In warm weather, schedule the thermostat to raise the temperature when you are away or asleep, and lower it at other times.
3. Maintain Your HVAC System
Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder and costing you more money.
4. Look for the ENERGY STAR® Label
ENERGY STAR® labeled windows can cut heating costs by as much as 30% compared to single-pane windows. If you are undertaking a major home remodel or new build, consider installing ENERGY STAR® qualified HVAC equipment and appliances.
5. Turn the Electronics Off
Turn off unnecessary/idle lights, appliances and electronics. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.
6. Winter Tip: Invite the Sun In
Open curtains/shade on your west-and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and save 2%-12%.
7. Summer Tip: Close Blinds and Shades
During the day, keep your blinds and shades closed to prevent warm air from building up in your home.
8. Clean Your Clothes Efficiently
A washing machine spends 90% of its energy to heat water. Consider using cold water instead. Try to run full loads as much as possible, because the machine uses roughly the same amount of energy regardless of the load size. Also, consider air-drying.
9. Clean Up Your Dishes Efficiently
Avoid the “rinse hold” cycle and skip heated drying – simply open the door at the end of the washing cycle and let the dishes air dry!