Energy Tips

November 21, 2008
  • Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking the hot air flow from vents or radiators

  • Turn down your thermostat when you’re asleep or away. A programmable thermostat with temperature and time settings can save on energy costs.

  • Use caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.

  • Turn off lights, computers, televisions and other appliances when not in use.

  • Keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can make your home warmer. Close them in the evening to keep the heat in.

  • Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they are full.

  • Close doors and isolate unused rooms in your home to reduce the overall space heated.

  • To save on hot water, set the hot water temperature at the “normal” setting – no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cut water heating costs by 10%.

  • Remove window air conditioner units in the winter. If you can’t, enclose the unit with an air conditioner cover to stop the drafts.