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.
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