Being prepared has never been so easy.
It's important to get your home or business ready for summer or winter. It can be as simple as turning down a thermostat, or turning off a light, or turning up the temperature of your refrigerator. Simple adjustments can be very rewarding.
Year Round Savings Tips
keeping your home energy efficient all year
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Replace lights and lamps with energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which last up to 25 times longer and use up to 75 percent less electricity.
- If you have a gas water heater, turn it to the "pilot" setting when you go on vacation. If you have an electric water heater, shut it off at the circuit breaker.
- Use drought-tolerant plants, which need far less water to thrive.
- Filter your pool during off-peak hours (before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.).
Summer Savings Tips
getting your home ready for the heat
- If your air conditioner is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels.
- Install ceiling fans to help you stay cool.
- Limit using your room air conditioner unit only when the space is occupied and set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. If you have a window unit, ensure that the installation is properly insulated, secured, and free of indoor leakage.
- When you're away from home set your thermostat to 85 degrees or higher.
- Shift heat-producing items away from your thermostat, as heat emitted by television sets, lamps, computers, and other electronics will cause your A/C system to work harder to stay at the optimal temperature.
- Use shade trees, window film, awnings, drapes or shades to block hot sunlight.
Winter Savings Tips
getting your home ready for the cold
- During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- By resetting your programmable thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day (for instance, while no one is home or while everyone is tucked in bed) you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent.
- Weatherize your home—caulk and weatherstrip any doors and windows that leak air.
- Purchase a more energy-efficient gas furnace.
- Replace furnace filters regularly.
- Save up to 25% of your heating costs by installing or upgrading insulation in your attic and walls.
- When buying a new gas furnace, choose an energy-efficient model. Look for a unit with a higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) or an ENERGY STAR® label.
- When selecting decorative lights, choose ENERGY STAR® qualified light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs that are exceptionally energy-efficient, and use up to 90 percent less energy than regular incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. For example, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs.