Energy Saving Tips
Customers can reduce their energy use and help save money by following some simple tips:
In The Summer
- Service your air conditioner
Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Also, the first day of spring could serve as a reminder to check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels.
- Cook outside
On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill
instead of indoor ovens.
- Bring in sunlight
During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to
brighten your home.
- Set your thermostat
On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room
Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
Many electronics and appliances continue to draw electricity even when powered off. Unplug these energy "vampires" when not in use.
- Use Power Strips
It's easy to forget to turn off electronics when leaving the house, never mind unplug them. Plug items like TVs into a power strip so you can shut off several devices at once.
- Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Kiss incandescent bulbs goodbye and welcome their energy-efficient replacements: compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs. CFL bulbs use about a third of the energy consumed by a halogen incandescent. LEDs use about a quarter and last up to 25 times longer.
- Dry Lightweight Clothes First
This tactic helps build up the heat in the dryer for heavier fabrics.
- Pick Permanent Press
This is the dryer setting that uses the least amount of energy. It's intended for thinner or more delicate fabrics but might be adequate for small loads.
- Dry With a Towel
A clean, dry towel added to a wet load absorbs moisture and could decrease drying time by 25 percent.
- Use the Toaster and Microwave
Cooking or heating up food with a toaster oven or microwave saves more energy than warming on the stove or in the oven.
- Set the Right Temperature
Keep the fresh food section of the refrigerator set between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer section at 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Leave Room in the Fridge
The refrigerator and freezer operate most efficiently when not crammed with food. Also be sure there's enough clearance behind the appliance to let air circulate.