Energy Saving Tips

Here are a few tips to help reduce energy your usage.

Energy Tips

Reducing Power Bills Without Spending Money:

  • Keep lights off when rooms are not in use. Lights generate heat, which makes your air conditioning system run more.
  • Try to wash and dry clothes, iron and cook in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Use microwave ovens, which produce much less heat than stoves for cooking.
  • Use awnings, curtains or blinds to block out direct sunlight. This will keep your house cooler.
  • Eliminate activities in the afternoon that require a great deal of going in and out through the doors of your home. This allows cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home.

More Efficient Air Conditioning:

  • One of the most inexpensive and effective ways to reduce your air conditioning costs is to simply adjust your thermostat settings. The savings can be significant. Setting the thermostat temperature a little higher, around 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit can save you 6 to 8 percent off your cooling costs for each degree above 78. And most people will be comfortable.
  • Use a ceiling fan or portable fan to supplement your air conditioning. A fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler (and only costs a half-cent per hour to operate). You can then set your thermostat a few degrees higher and save on cooling costs.
  • Be sure your air conditioner's duct registers are not blocked. A free flowing air conditioner operates more efficiently.
  • Be sure the return air grill inside your house is not blocked. Filters should be checked monthly.
  • When the air conditioning is on, keep doors and windows closed.
  • Turn off kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans when your air conditioning is running.
  • Caulk and weather-strip leaky windows and doors.
  • Shade your rooms from direct sunlight. Use shades, draperies, awnings, trees and shrubs to block the hot sun from heating up your home.
  • If you suspect your air conditioning system is not cooling properly, have it checked promptly. An A/C unit that is having operational problems can cause extremely high bills.

Biggest Money Saving Improvements: Here are four tips that can produce the greatest energy savings.

  • Replace your old air conditioner with a new, high efficiency unit (new air conditioners use up to 40% less electricity than older models).
  • Seal leaks in ductwork in your attic (the average home loses 15% to 25% of cooling and heating through faulty ducts).
  • Add attic insulation to R-30 (the average 15-year old home has between R-11 and R-15.
  • Install solar screens or awnings on windows hit by direct sunlight (solar screens reflect back 60% to 70% of sunlight/heat before it can enter the house).