NC Sustainable Energy Association

Energy Efficiency Tips

Energy Saving Tips for Consumers and Businesses

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep a building comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Turn off your computers, monitors and other equipment when not in use.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Add insulation to your attic.
  • Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
  • Insulate and repair all air ducts.
  • Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade; they use much less energy than desktop computers.
  • Clean or replace furnace, air-conditioner, and heat-pump filters
  • Replace aging, inefficient appliances. Even if the appliance has a few useful years left, replacing it with a top-efficiency model is generally a good investment. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on all appliances.
  • On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • Use light-emitting diode—or "LED"—holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home or business for the winter holidays.
  • Plant trees or shrubs so they shade air conditioning units and do not block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
  • Install energy efficient windows and doors.