- Turn your thermostat down.
Lowering your heating temperature is the most effective way to save energy. Each degree you lower your thermostat can reduce your energy consumption by as much as 2%.
- Turn heat off in unoccupied rooms.
If you can adjust heat on a room-by-room basis, turn it down to 55 degrees in rooms you’re not using.
- Stop drafts.
Make sure your doors and windows are kept closed during the winter. Install or repair weather stripping and caulking to eliminate cold drafts.
- Turn lights off when a room is vacant.
Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) where you need light for long periods. They use 25% the energy and last 10 times as long.
- Turn electronic appliances off.
When you’re not using stereos, televisions and other electronics, turn them off. Also turn off computers and monitors if you don’t need them for a few hours.
- Reduce unnecessary exterior lighting.
Turn off unnecessary ornamental lighting, and exterior lighting during the day.
- Turn your water heater down.
Set the water temperature to 120 degrees, it reduces standby loss and lowers the risk of scalding. A 10-degree reduction in temperature can cut your power bill by 6%.
- Reduce hot water use.
Showers use less heated water than baths. Try shortening your showers by a few minutes. Install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full. A family of four can cut total water use by over 7,500 gallons by implementing these ideas.
- Use your curtains wisely.
Open them during the day to let the sun help heat your rooms; close them at night to help keep the heat inside.
- Change furnace filters.
Every 30-90 day to increase heating efficiency and provide your home with cleaner air.
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