Energy Savings Tips

Want to cut down on your energy usage?  Below are a few simple and convenient ways to reduce your energy consumption and help cut your energy costs.

  • Use a humidifier. Humidity makes you feel warmer in colder months. With the proper humidity level, you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down to a lower temperature, save energy and still feel comfortable. About 20 percent to 40 percent relative humidity is recommended.

  • When buying new appliances, be sure to purchase energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® labeled models.

  • Clean the lint filter of your dryer. After each load, clean the filter to keep the dryer running efficiently. Check the air vent and hose for clogging, as this will prevent a fire hazard.

  • Run full loads. Always wait until you have a full load before running your dishwasher. Full loads use the same amount of hot water and energy as smaller loads. You run fewer loads and save energy.

  • Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill for heating the water.

  • Don’t peek in the oven. Resist the urge to open the oven door while baking. Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25° F and requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.

  • Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.

  • Close the damper when the fireplace is not being used. Try not to use the fireplace and central heating system at the same time.

  • Replace old windows with new high performance dual pane windows.