Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Save money with these easy energy tips for your home and office!

Heating and cooling your home or office space can account for more than 50% of your utility bill.

  • Purchase energy efficient heating and cooling equipment which can save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the unit.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to help regulate temperatures while away or at night — you can save 10% a year by turning your thermostat back 7–10 degrees for 8 hours a day.
  • Change furnace filters regularly – clean filters keep heating and air systems working efficiently.
  • Inspect air ducts and repair leaks –heated air leaked into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your utility bill.
  • Seal air leaks around your home – check windows sills and door frames, attic entrances, fireplace doors and flues, recessed lighting, outlet and switch panels, and plumbing and utility accesses into your home.
  • Add insulation to your attic – one of the most cost-effective ways to regulate your household temperature year round is to add insulation.
  • Use shades or drapes to control the warmth of the sun in your home during winter and summer months.

Water heating can account for almost 20% of your utility bill.

  • Purchase an Energy Star water heater of the correct size to meet your family’s hot water needs – a family of four typically needs only a 50 to 60 gallon tank.
  • Adjust the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees – typical households don’t need water hotter than this – and remember to turn your heater down or off when you are gone for extended periods of time.
  • Insulate your hot water tank as well as the first 6 feet of the water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • Periodically drain a portion of water from the bottom of the water heater according to manufacturer’s instructions to remove sediment that can lower its efficiency.
  • Install low-flow faucets and shower heads – a 10 minute shower with a regular shower head can use over 40 gallons of water whereas a low flow faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute will use only 25 gallons of water.
  • Use cold water for laundry – 90% of the energy consumed by your washing machines goes toward heating water.

Lighting, appliance and electronics usage can account for about 20% of your utility bill.

  • Use energy efficient incandescent bulbs which last much longer and use less energy than tradition bulbs – replacing 15 traditional bulbs in your home or office with energy efficient bulbs can save you $50 a year.
  • Place solar powered outdoor lights along walkways – they are inexpensive and can decrease the need for electric lights.
  • Make use of timers, photocells, dimmers and three-way bulbs to control lighting usage in and outside your home or business.
  • Use power strips to plug in TVs, game consoles and computers, and turn the power strips off when not in use – many electronics continue to use several watts of power when in standby mode.
  • Run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine – large and small loads require the same amount of electricity to run.

Energy Saving Tips

  • Purchase Energy Star appliances and electronics – they use less energy than required by federal standards and will save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the unit.