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Energy Saving Tips

Cool Weather Season:

  • Set daytime temperature to 68 degrees and nighttime temperature to 65 degrees.
  • Wear layers of clothing.
  • Close doors to rooms that are not in use.
  • On sunny days, open curtains on the sunny side of the house to capture the heat from the sun.  After dark and on gloomy days, keep curtains closed.
  • DO NOT use a gas stove or oven to help heat the house.  It can overheat and deplete the oxygen supply in the house so much that deadly fumes, known as "carbon monoxide" are generated.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure damper is closed when not in use.
  • Check/replace furnace filters monthly.
  • Have furnace cleaned and serviced before each heating season.
  • DO NOT use a portable heater without proper ventilation.  Never leave a portable heater unattended.
  • House should not be sealed so tightly that inside air is not able to circulate.  This can deprive you of oxygen.
  • Humidify your air - it will help you feel warmer.

Warm Weather Season:

  • Set your air conditioner thermostat ten degrees below the outdoor temperature.
  • When it is cooler outside than it is inside, open windows at least 2" to let the heat escape and draw cool air in.
  • Close shades or drapes on the sunny side of the house to keep sunlight out.
  • Turn off lights when not in use as they generate heat.
  • Cook less, and cook in cooler hours of the day.
  • Use ceiling fans to create cooling breeze.
  • Keep air conditioner filter clean and check at least once a month.
  • Make sure there are no obstructions around the air conditioner both inside and out.
  • Shut all windows and doors during operation of air conditioner.

Appliances and Energy:

  • Don't let frost build up in the freezer.
  • Check for efficient temperatures inside refrigerator (37-42 degrees) and freezer (0-5 degrees).
  • Provide space beneath, behind and on top of refrigerator to allow heated air to escape.  Items on top of refrigerator keep heat from escaping and cause motor to run longer, using more electricity.
  • Make sure refrigerator and freezer seals are tight, and open doors as little as possible.
  • Avoid overcrowding shelves in refrigerator; however, if you have a freezer, keep as full as possible.
  • Let hot food cool before placing in the refrigerator.
  • When cooking, use a small appliance such as an electric skillet or microwave oven when possible.
  • Set high settings only to bring food to steaming point, then switch to a lower temperature.
  • Thaw frozen foods to reduce cooking time.
  • Use lids on pots and pans and match size of pan to burner.
  • If you have an electric range, turn burner off several minutes before food is cooked.
  • When using the oven, cook more than one item at a time.
  • Do not overload washer, but avoid small loads.  Use coolest setting that will get clothes clean.  Use cool water in rinse cycle.
  • Separate drying loads according to weight and type of cloth.  Make sure lint trap is clean.  Don't over-dry clothes.
  • Vent dryer to outside to reduce heat and moisture.
  • Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Do not cover wind turbine vents.
  • Open foundations vents except in severe weather.  Ventilation is important because it prevents moisture from building up.  If moisture accumulates it can damage the home.  It can also soak the insulation, reducing its effectiveness.
  • If using an automatic dishwasher, always use the "energy saver" cycle.

For an Energy Saving Tips brochure, click here.