How can I conserve energy at home?
There are many ways to conserve energy depending on the time of year. We have provided a few tips by season.
- Have a professional tune-up and inspect your furnace. Regular maintenance of heating systems can save you up to 10% on your heating costs.
- Check your air filter. Clean or replace as needed or recommended by the manufacturer.
- Check for drafts. Installing insulation, weather-stripping and caulking can significantly increase the energy efficiency of your home.
- Use drapes. Keep the drapes open in the day to decrease heating costs, but close them at night to keep the heat in.
- Install a programmable thermostat. Make sure it is programmed to automatically turn down your air conditioner when you are not home and when you are sleeping.
- Use ceiling fans. They are inexpensive to operate and make rooms feel much cooler than they actually are. Watch for coupon offers in March for ceiling fans and other energy saving products.
- Hang high electricity costs out to dry. Dry clothes outside in good weather—sunlight is free!
- Time for spring cleaning. Don’t forget to dust light bulbs. Dust can cut light output by as much as 25%.
- Visit 10 Smart Meter Lane to learn how shifting your electricity use to lower peak periods makes a difference.
- Learn about all of our Conservation programs and incentives for residential customers.
- Make the switch. Switching to CFL or LED light bulbs can significantly reduce your electricity usage. These bulbs also last much longer than traditional incandescents. Click here to download and print coupons for LED light bulbs and other energy efficient products.