Seasonal Energy Tips
Summer Energy Savings Tips
- Adjust your air conditioning. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 78 degrees. This allows you to be energy efficient and still comfortable.
- Use a programmable thermostat to control when your air conditioning turns on and off during the day.
- Take advantage of saver programs offered by your local utility that provide a discount for allowing your utility to cycle your air conditioner on and off during peak energy times.
- Use fans instead of, or with, air conditioners. Fans can make the room feel cooler by 4 degrees. Fans should run counterclockwise to create a cooling, downward breeze.
- Remove obstacles from air vents and fans to ensure proper air flow throughout your home.
- Avoid placing lamps or TVs near thermostat. Thermostats can detect heat from these appliances and can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Open windows in the evening. Allow cool air to flow in and close windows and curtains in the day to maintain cool temperatures.
- Use bathroom fans to suck out heat and humidity from bathrooms.
- Avoid cooking, baking, and running appliances, such as a clothes dryer, that generate heat during the warmest parts of the day. It’s a great excuse to do some outdoor cooking and put off some of those household duties!
- Cook in the microwave, which generates less heat than your oven and uses less energy.
Fall Energy Savings Tips
- Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 68 degrees when you are awake and turning it down about 10 degrees while you are away or asleep.
- Use a programmable or smart thermostat to control when your furnace turns on and off throughout the day.
- Service your furnace to make sure it runs efficiently as the weather starts to cool down.
- Take advantage of the sun. Open your curtains and blinds throughout the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
- Check windows and doors for leaks and seal leaks before the cold weather hits.
- Layer up. Bundle up during the colder months to stay comfortable and to reduce energy costs.
- Cook and bake efficiently. Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking time. Bake multiple things at once. Use crockpots and microwaves to save energy.
- Keep fridge and freezers full, but not crowded. If your fridge or freezer is empty, fill milk jugs with water to fill up space, and throw out old food if it’s too full
- Inspect and clean your fireplace. Make sure your fireplace is safe. Close fireplace dampers when you are not using the fireplace to prevent heat from escaping.
- Redirect ceiling fans. Switch the rotation of your ceiling fan to clockwise, operate at a slow rate and push warm air down.
Winter Energy Savings Tips
- Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 68 degrees when you are awake and turning it down about 10 degrees while you are away or asleep. Be sure to never lower the temperature below 55 degrees to prevent frozen pipes.
- Use the sun. Open blinds to let sunlight in during the day to heat your home. At night, close your blinds to trap that heat inside.
- Cover up air leaks. Use plastic film on windows if they are leaky. Use door draft stoppers to keep cold air out.
- Cook comfort food efficiently this winter. Bake in batches and freeze extras. Cook your favorite soup and chili recipes in crock pots. Slow cooked food tastes great and uses less energy.
- Celebrate the holidays with LED lights. If you decorate with lights, purchase LED holiday lights and keep them on timers.
- Service your furnace and change filters regularly. This will help maximize air flow and efficiently.
- Use space heaters safely and efficiently. Only have space heaters on when you are in the room and keep items around them at a safe distance.
- Bundle up. Warm clothes, blankets, and socks are key in the winter. Rugs are another great way to help your home feel warmer.
- Inspect and clean your fireplace. Make sure your fireplace is safe. Close fireplace dampers when you are not using it to prevent heat from escaping.
- Redirect ceiling fans. Switch the rotation of your ceiling fans to clockwise, and operate at a slow rate to draw cool air upwards and force the warm air that collects near the ceiling down into the room.
Spring Energy Savings Tips
- Adjust your thermostat based on the weather. For cold weather, set it at 68 degrees when home and up to 10 degrees cooler when away or at night. If its warm outside, have the air conditioner turn on when it is 78 degrees. Use a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically control when the furnace or air conditioner turns on.
- Manage the sun. Keep window treatments open on cool days to let in warm sun and close them on hot days to keep your home cool.
- Get your air conditioning unit professionally serviced. Make sure your AC unit is ready to cool you down during hot weather and is free of outside debris.
- Open windows to naturally cool your home.
- Use fans, instead of or with air conditioners, as the weather warms. Redirect ceiling fans to run counter-clockwise so warm air is not pushed down.
- Continue to replace furnace filters. If you have a central air conditioning system, air continues to travel through your furnace. Filters can help with allergens, and clean filters keep your mechanical systems working efficiently.
- Sign up for air conditioning cycling programs offered by your local utility if you have central air conditioning. You receive a discount for allowing your utility to cycle your air conditioner on and off during peak energy times.
- Take short showers instead of baths to reduce hot water consumption in your homes.
- Remember to use the bathroom fan to remove excess heat and humidity from escaping into the rest of your home.
- Clean refrigerator coils while you are spring cleaning and do it twice a year or more frequently if you have pets.