Energy-Efficiency Tips

Here are some efficiency tips to help you stay comfortable and save money.

Heating and Cooling Tips

  • Program thermostat to 68° in the winter and 78° in the summer.
  • Run ceiling fans only when in the room to help you feel cooler at a higher setting in warm weather.
  • Change your HVAC filters monthly or follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep windows locked to ensure a maximum seal and increased comfort.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Close shades/draperies at night in winter to keep out cold and during day in summer to keep out heat.

Water Heater Tips

  • Set water heater no higher than 120°.
  • Wrap the water heater and hot water lines leaving the unit if in unconditioned space.
  • A heat pump water heater can save a family of four $330/yr according to Energy Star.
  • Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes.
  • Fix dripping water faucets.

Lighting Tips

  • Replace bulbs that burn more than one hour/day with Energy Star-certified CFL or LEDs.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Replace outdoor lighting with Energy Star-certified CFL or LEDs labeled for outdoor use.
  • Use outdoor lights with photocells or motion sensors to limit use.
  • Recycle any used CFL at any SRE office for FREE.

Laundry Tips

  • Hang clothes outside to take advantage of FREE solar power.
  • Wash clothes in cold water or using an energy-efficient setting.
  • Wash only full loads.
  • If you do small loads, adjust the water level to match the load.
  • Use bath towels twice before washing them.
  • Clean the dryer lint trap before each use.
  • Make sure the dryer vent hose is not kinked, clogged or blocked.
  • Use moisture sensor to minimize drying time.
  • Dry consecutive loads to harvest the heat remaining in the dryer.

Kitchen Tips

  • Use the dishwasher’s efficiency setting and only wash full loads.
  • Use the disfwasher’s air dry cycle.
  • Clean refrigerator coils annually.
  • Keep the refrigerator doors closed.
  • Set the refrigerator temperature to 34-37° F and freezer to 0-5°F.
  • Use microwaves, slow cookers and grills to prepare food when possible.
  • Choose the right pot to fit the stove surface and use lid to conserve heat.
  • Use cold water when using the garbage disposal.

Teen turning off light switch

Winter Energy Tips

Woman setting thermostat in summer to 78 degrees

Summer Energy Tips

Setting thermostat for vacation

Vacation Energy Tips