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Tips to Save Energy While Spending More Time at Home

We're here to help you save energy and stay comfortable while making the most out of your time indoors during COVID-19.

Here are a few of our favorite tips, and you can browse the full library below.

  • Streaming and Saving – Streaming your favorite show or movie? Using a tablet to watch will use one-fourth the energy of a laptop.
  • Dishwashing – You could save about $1,300 worth of energy and nearly 230 hours per year of personal time by using a dishwasher instead of handwashing. While you’re home, this is a great time to teach your kids how to use the dishwasher and other home appliances.
  • Watch Your Windows – You can lose up to 15% of the heat in your house through unprotected windows, even if they’re closed. To make the most of your windows, open your drapes when it’s sunny to let the warm light in, and close your drapes at night to help insulate your windows.
  • Best Temperatures – For the best performance and energy saving, ENERGY STAR recommends keeping your refrigerator at 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit, and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Energy Savings Plan - If you’re searching for ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption, utilize Eversource’s free Energy Savings Plan to receive information on how you can save.  The tool will use data from your account and answers to a quick survey to create a personalized plan for reducing your energy use and cutting utility costs.

Check out our full library of Energy Saving tips

  • Optimal Thermostat Settings - Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees during cold seasons, and no lower than 78 degrees during warm seasons for optimal energy use.
  • Use It When You Need It - According to the US Department of Energy, you can cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 percent for eight hours a day - like when you're sleeping or not at home.
  • Ceiling Fans - Ceiling fans can help you optimize your comfort and energy use year-round. Setting them to spin counter-clockwise in summer will push air down and make room occupants feel cooler. In the winter, set fans to spin clockwise to pull air up and circulate it throughout the room. 
  • Regular Maintenance - Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, chance or clean furnace filters once a month. 
  • Let Air Flow - Don't block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt- and dust-free.
  • Energy Where You Need It - Close vents and doors in unused rooms.
  • The Power of Reflection - Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room. 
  • Prevent Drafts - Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household's monthly energy bill. Seal air-leaks around doors and windows with caulking and weather-stripping. Using locks on your windows can also make them tighter and more draft resistant.
  • Proper Insulation - Ensure that your attic, basement and outside walls are properly insulated.
  • Cover It Up - Cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
  • Remember the Fireplace - Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Keep Your A/C Cool - If possible, keep your room air conditioner out of the sun. Room air conditioners work best when kept cool. Installing one in a north-facing wall is usually ideal.
  • Use the Microwave - Instead of using the oven or stove, use your microwave or toaster oven for cooking small amounts of food, or fire up the outdoor grill.
  • Get Rid of Hot Air - In the summer, use an exhaust fan to blow hot air out of your kitchen while you’re cooking. The savings on your cooling costs far outweigh the electricity used by the fan.
  • Work with the Sun - During the summer, close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the strong sunlight from heating your home. During the winter, open blinds, drapes and shades during the day to take advantage of free, solar heat.
  • Don't Forget the Filter - If you have a pool, turn off your filter overnight when the pool is not in use.
  • Optimize Your Chores - Laundry and dish washing generate extra heat in your home. Aim to do these chores at night to make the most of this extra heat.
  • Easy Breezy - In the summer, consider taking advantage of the warmer air and dry your laundry outside. 
  • Fight Frost - Defrost your refrigerator or freezer if the ice buildup is more than a quarter-inch thick. 
  • Keep Your Cool - Wash clothes in cold water when possible. 
  • Air Dry -Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher and allow your dishes to air dry instead.
  • Control the Cords - Plug your entertainment center, computers, or other electronics into advanced power strips to reduce the energy used when they are in standby mode. 
  • Get Smart - A smart wireless thermostat makes it easier to keep your home the optimal temperature, saving your money while protecting our planet. 
  • Take Advantage of Incentives - When it comes time to upgrade your appliances, make sure to choose an energy efficient model, and take advantage of our available rebates and incentives.