Everyday Energy Saving Tips
Saving energy can help you save money, plus it’s good for our planet. Not sure where to start? Take our online Home Energy Checkup.
Here are some other steps you can take, along with links to a few programs that can help.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower your home’s temperature at night and when you are away. It can slice as much as eight to 10 percent from the amount of energy used to heat your home. Get instant rebates.
- Cut the energy you use to heat water:
- Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.
- Install blanket insulation on older water heaters.
- Install energy efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. Get instant rebates.
- Wash clothes in cold water when possible.
- Seal air leaks where you feel cold drafts. An in-home energy audit for just $50 can identify where you need to stop air leaks and beef up insulation, and help you save on the work.
- Insulate hot water pipes and furnace ducts in unheated areas.
- Turn off exhaust fans as soon as they’ve done their job.
- Replace appliances with models that carry the ENERGY STAR® label. Get discounts on energy efficient furnaces.
- Upgrade leaky windows with ENERGY STAR® certified windows or install storm windows.
- Plant evergreens on the north side of your home to block cold winter winds.