Year-Round Tips

Be energy wise year round!

  1. Set your thermostat to 68°F or lower in the winter & 78° or higher in the summer. Each degree higher or lower can significantly increase your heating costs in winter and cooling costs in summer.
  2. Check air filters monthly and change when dirty. Leave interior doors open and don’t close vents to allow adequate air flow through your HVAC system.
  3. Periodically check your ducts for leaks or tears. Repair fallen or crushed duct work and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.
  4. Have your central heating and cooling system serviced annually by a professional. This can extend the life of the system while maintaining optimum efficiency.
  5. Upgrade your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches), which can help save on heating and cooling costs.
  6. Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors.
  7. Set your water heater to 120°F and periodically visually inspect the unit for leaks.
  8. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which use up to 75% less energy.
  9. Unplug appliances, lights, TVs, computers, etc. when not in use.
  10. Programmable thermostats (when programmed properly) can allow you to conveniently maintain the comfort of your home when you’re there and reduce energy costs when you’re not. Buy a programmable thermostat specifically designed for your HVAC unit.

For more tips, read our Energy Saving Tips Brochure (PDF, 2.4MB)

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