Energy Saving Tips Tips to help you save money and energy in your home, powered by the #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation. Tips for March A Bright Idea - LED lighting is a great way to save money and energy in your home. These lights are bright, efficient, and they last longer and require less maintenance than traditional bulbs. Visit our page on LEDs for more information, and to see how you can save. Think Small, Save Big – Energy savings projects come in all shapes and sizes. Consider a Home Energy Assessment to learn more about the little projects that can make a big difference on your energy bill. Your Questions Answered - In this month's blog, Bill answers some of the most common questions about energy efficiency in the home. Check out our full library of Energy Saving tips Heating and Cooling 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 counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer and trap heat inside to keep your rooms warm during the winter. 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. Weatherization 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. Smart Practices 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. Energy Saving Appliances 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.