Energy Saving Tips
Customers can reduce their energy use and help save money by following some simple tips:
In The Summer
- Raise Thermostat Settings While Away
Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling.
- Use Ceiling Fans
Cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to raise your thermostat four degrees. This can help lower your electricity bills without sacrificing overall comfort.
- Cook Outside
On warmer summer days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill
instead of indoor ovens.
- Use Fans to Remove Heat and Humidity
When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
- Setting Your Thermostat While Home
Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
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.