Energy Efficiency Tips and Tricks

There are several steps that you can do on your own to reduce your energy use. Any step makes a difference!

  • Reduce your home heating fuel use:
  • Turn down your thermostat. Every degree helps, the first one the most! If you keep your thermostat at 68, reducing it to 65 will save almost 20%.
  • If you have a furnace, install a programmable thermostat. The ideal amount of ‘set back’ is different for every household, but 5 – 10 F is good for most folks.
  • Install low-flow water fixtures, and don’t pre-wash your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to reduce water heating, as well as your water usage.
  • Shower with a friend!
  • Maintain your furnace — annual maintenance, along with the recommended filter cleanings.
  • Install shades, blinds, and awnings to keep the house cool in summer.
  • Reduce your home (non-heating) electricity use:
  • Get rid of your second freezer / refrigerator.
  • Choose Energy Star (or better) when changing appliances.
  • Turn off lights!
  • Choose CFLs or LEDs when changing light bulbs.
  • Be aware of “vampire loads.” Cell phone chargers, cable boxes, and most entertainment and home office devices all draw small amounts of energy even when off. Unplug these when not in use, put them on switchable power strips.
  • Keep your dryer lint trap clear.
  • Keep an eye on your utility bills — if you notice something particularly unusual, it may indicate a faulty piece of equipment or change of habits; there is also often useful information in the in-bill notices and special offers for energy efficiency products.

Outside of the home:

  • Drive less, slow down. This can be huge!
  • Keep your car tuned up and tires properly inflated.
  • Fly less. 2 cross country flights can have the impact of heating your house for a year!
  • Eat less meat. This can cut your energy use for food in half!
  • Buy organic food. Fertilizers use more oil than transporting the food!
  • Use rechargeable batteries.
  • Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags, to reduce plastic use.
  • Buy local (or Made in USA), to support the local economy and reduce transportation.