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Easy Saving Tips to Use Less Energy

  • Install a smart thermostat for added convenience. This will allow you to automatically raise or lower the temperature settings when you’re asleep or away from home. Make sure the thermostat is compatible with your HVAC system and is installed correctly.
    • For Cooling: Adjust your thermostat to 78° or higher when the temperatures start to rise. Set it even higher (80°-83°F) while away from home.
    • For Heating: Adjust your thermostat to 68° or lower when the temperatures start to drop. Set it even lower (62°-65°F) while away from home.
  • 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. Do not block returns.
  • Periodically check your ductwork for leaks or tears. Repair fallen or crushed ductwork and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.
  • Have your central heating and cooling system service annually by a professional. This can extend the life of the system while maintaining optimum efficiency.
  • Upgrade your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches), which can help save on heating and cooling costs.
  • Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against drafts. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors.
  • Set your electric water heater to 120°F and visually inspect the unit for leaks periodically. Gas models should be set to “medium”.
  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs, which are 90 percent more efficient.
  • Install advanced power strips, which include built-in features that significantly reduce the amount of energy used by your home office and entertainment center devices when not in use.
  • Install a door sweep to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold to prevent unconditioned air from coming in and conditioned air from escaping from your home.

Quick Projects

  • Upgrade your attic insulation to a minimum of R-38 (12-14 inches). This will help you get well prepared for those colder winter months.
  • Caulk, seal, and weather-strip around all seams, cracks and openings to protect against losing conditioned air. Pay special attention to windows and exterior doors.
  • Check your duct work for leaks or tears. Repair fallen or crushed ducts and use mastic (a plaster-like substance found at your local hardware store) to seal leaks.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs which are 90 percent more efficient. They also produce 70 to 90 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate. This is a great time of year to think about lighting since the days are getting shorter.

Energy Saving Tips When Working from Home

  • Set your computer to its energy savings mode: Most computers have built-in settings for saving energy (i.e., sleep settings). They can automatically lower power consumption if you stop using it temporarily.
  • Use an advanced power strip: When working at home, you may be using more than just a computer (i.e., printer, copier, scanner). Advanced power strips help ensure these devices aren't drawing power when they're not in use.
  • Use energy-efficient office equipment: If you find you need to purchase new office equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR® label on office products. You can also check online for buy-back companies that sell used and refurbished equipment or recycle/trade in your old gear.
  • Use lighting wisely: A desk lamp is usually more efficient than whole room/overhead lighting; avoid using both at the same time. If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs, replace them with ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs.
  • Take advantage of natural light: During the day, don’t forget to turn off lights in rooms not in use. Open drapes or blinds in your home office or wherever you're working, even if it doesn't get direct sunlight. If using a laptop, move to where the natural light is strongest, so you won't have to use overhead lights or desk lamps.
  • Minimize your gadgets: Unplug your cell phone or any other electronics when the device is fully charged. While not a significant savings, every little bit helps!

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