How to Save on Home Energy Use
Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy you use in your home. When looking for ways to save energy, you want to pay attention to big equipment, such as your furnace, water heater and stove, and when replacing, be sure to get Energy Star rated items.
- Turn off the stove or the oven a few minutes before the food is done. The residual heat will be plenty to finish cooking the food, and it cuts your energy use.
- Unplug appliances when not using them; even in the “off” position they still drain energy.
- Dust off your light bulbs to increase the amount of light they give off by up to 50%.
- insulation to at least ten feet of hot and cold water pipes attached to your hot water heater.
- Use the microwave instead of the oven when possible. It uses less energy and cooks faster.
- Use your bigger appliances after 8 at night to reduce the energy strain during peak hours.
- Wash and rinse your clothes on the cold water cycle. That’s fine for most loads and will cost you four times less than the warm water cycle.
- Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl of hot water instead of running hot water over them.
- Have your heating system cleaned or checked annually to be sure it's running at its peak efficiency.
- Cover the inside of your windows with insulating shutters, blinds or drapes for extra insulation on cold nights or hot days.
- Weather-strip doors and windows. Caulk any holes or cracks in window frames, door frames, pipes and ducts.
- Check for and plug any gaps around pipes, ducts, fans and vents that go through walls, ceilings and floors from heated to unheated spaces.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees F or lower during the day and 55 degrees when you leave the house for more than 4 hours or before you go to bed.
- Close off rooms that don't need heat if you have automatic thermostat controls.
- Keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted.
- Clean and replace the furnace filter regularly.
- Keep warm indoors by wearing layers of lightweight clothing