Energy Saving Tips
There are many ways you can help control your energy usage.
Heating and Cooling:
- Install a programmable thermostat. By turning your thermostat back 10 - 15% for 8 hours, you can save as much as 5% to 10% on your heating and cooling costs per year.
- Replace your furnace filter once a month. Failing to replace a filter can make your furnace and central air conditioner run harder and reduce its operating efficiency.
- Add additional attic insulation. Upgrading from 3 inches to 12 inches can cut heating costs by 20 percent, and cooling costs by 10 percent.
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- Install LED lighting. It can save up to 75% of the electricity of standard lighting and will last years instead of months.
- Plant trees or shrubs to shade your air conditioning unit without blocking the airflow. A unit operating in the shade can use as much as 10% less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
- Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household’s energy used for heating and cooling. Just 3 properly placed trees around the house can save an average household between $100 and $250 in heating and cooling energy costs annually.
For more energy efficiency information, visit our energy efficiency links page or our brochures page. To help evaluate your own energy usage, visit our Energy Evaluation page. For energy efficiency videos see our You Tube Energy Efficiency Playlist.