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Energy Saving Tips

Your Home’s Energy Use

Your Home's Energy Use

Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption and Lower Energy Bills

Heating

Keep your heating-cooling equipment in good repair. Equipment operating at peak efficiency can reduce fuel consumption.

  • Insulate. Proper insulation can reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home by as much as 20 to 30 percent.
  • Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily.
  • Open your draperies or blinds on sunny days to allow the sun’s heat to warm your home.
  • Caulk or seal air leaks around plumbing, electrical wiring and exterior penetrations on walls, floors, or ceilings.
  • Eliminate air leaks around doors, windows, and baseboards.
  • Place a throw rug at the bottom of exterior doors to keep cold air from coming inside.
  • Check heating ducts and repair or seal ducts that may be leaking.
  • Keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Insulate attics and walls.
  • Use insulated switch and outlet covers on exterior walls.
  • Consider zone space heating equipment like gas logs. Their 99.9% efficient. Nearly all the energy input produces heat.

Energy.gov has even more tips on how to save with heating and cooling.

Water Heating

Tips for reducing the amount of energy used to heat water:

  • Take a shower instead of a bath – a bath can use 15 – 25 gallons of hot water compared to the 10 gallons used for a 5 minute shower.
  • Lower the thermostat setting on your water heater.
  • Only operate the dishwasher or washing machine when they are fully loaded.
  • Install showerheads and faucets with water-flow restrictors.
  • Use cold water to wash clothing whenever possible.
  • Repair leaky faucets to avoid wasting water.
  • Consider upgrading to a more efficient water heater.

For even more information on how to save with hot water, Energy.gov is a great resource for tips and easy to understand infographics.

Cooking

Cook with energy savings in mind. Your gas range uses less energy than any other kind of range. But, for even greater economy when cooking follow these tips:

  • Cover pans: use only as much flame as necessary (Remember that slightly boiling water cooks foods at the same temperature as water that is rapidly boiling).
  • Pressure cooker: use a pressure cooker more often since it cooks food fast over low heat.
  • Cook in one place: try cooking meals in one place – all in your oven or the broiler.
  • Preheat only when necessary: don’t preheat for meats and casseroles, Use your exhaust fan sparingly.
  • Covered kettle: use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.

Laundry

  • Don’t overload or over dry clothes.
  • Aim for full loads, but don’t overload or over dry.
  • Keep the lint screen clean and your dryer in good repair.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter weight clothes.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold water detergents when possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads. If you’re washing a small load, use the appropriate water level.

Follow these important guidelines to reduce energy waste and make your home more energywise. You’ll have better control of your energy costs, too.

 

More Resources

Additional Energy Saving Information from Energy.gov

Saving Energy Saves Money
Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips
Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips

Conservation and Weatherization

www.doe.gov
www.nrdc.org
www.energystar.gov
www.ase.org