Energy Saving Tips & Tools

Ten Ways to Save On Your Energy Bill (for additional tips, download 101 Ways To Save Energy)

  1. Use passive solar heating on sunny days. Open drapes on south-facing windows when it is sunny. At night, close drapes to retain heat. Close drapes to provide insulation where windows receive no direct sunlight. Up to 15% of your heat can escape through unprotected windows.
  2. Use ceiling fans to cool your house. The most efficient ceiling fans cost as little as 30 cents a month if used eight hours a day. A window air conditioner can cost 50 times as much as a fan. Ceiling fans will keep the air moving and allow you to keep the thermostat setting higher because moving air feels cooler.
  3. Plant trees for shade. Deciduous trees—those that produce leaves in the spring and then lose them in the fall—shade your house from the sun during warmer days and let the sun warm your house on cooler days. Shading your home could save up to 8% on cooling costs.
  4. Provide shading for your air conditioning condenser. Your central air conditioner’s condenser works more efficiently in a cooler environment. Provide shade around your air conditioner to reduce your cooling costs by nearly 3%.
  5. Set your water heater at 120 degrees. Overheating your water beyond 120 degrees can be wasteful and unsafe. By lowering your water temperature to 120 degrees or less, you can save up to $25 annually if you use an electric water heater or $18 annually if you use a gas water heater.
  6. Open windows on cool nights. On cool spring days and nights, turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Don’t open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
  7. Set your refrigerator at the right temperature. Your refrigerator temperature should be set between 34 and 37 degrees and your freezer at 5 degrees. Not only are these the safest temperatures for food storage, but most refrigerators are manufactured to operate most efficiently at these settings.
  8. Consider high-efficiency appliances. Top-freezer refrigerator models use 7% to 13% less energy than side-by-side models. High-efficiency dishwashers use 25% less energy than conventional models, and high efficiency clothes dryers can save up to 30% in energy use over standard models.
  9. Clean your dryer filter and exhaust vent. Regularly clean out your dryer filter and exhaust vent. When they become clogged with lint, your dryer works harder and uses more energy.
  10. Install dimmers and motion sensors where possible. Dimmer switches can increase bulb life up to 20 times longer if dimmed to half the brightness. Motion sensors give you light when you need it.