Stay Warm. Save Money.
Energy Saving Tips
- Set thermostat to 68 in the winter. Each degree above 68 will increase heating cost by 3%.
- For homes with heat pumps, adjust your thermostat no more than two degrees at a time to prevent unneeded use of backup strip heating.
- Change air filters monthly.
- Keep all air vents and returns open for adequate air flow.
- Keep outside air unit clean and free of debris.
- Schedule annual maintenance for your HVAC system.
- Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks.
- Reduce cold-air drafts by caulking around windows and doors.
- Insulate your outlets.
- Make sure your dryer vent seals tightly when not in use.
- Turn off your water heater if you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time.
- Set water heater temperature to 120⁰.
- Install glass doors on your fireplace and keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
- Use kitchen/bath fans sparingly.
- Turn ceiling fans on clockwise to push warm air down from high ceilings in the winter.
- Keep garage doors closed and consider installing insulated doors.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs and save up to 75% over incandescent bulbs.
- Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north side of the house during the day to help keep warm.