Thermostat & Air Flow
- Turn your thermostat down. Lowering your heating temperature is the most effective way to save energy. Each degree you lower your thermostat can reduce your heating energy consumption by as much as 2%.
- Turn heat off in unoccupied rooms. If you can adjust the heat on a room-by-room basis, turn it down to 55 degrees in rooms you’re not using.
- Replace furnace filters regularly. Stop drafts. Make sure your doors and windows are kept closed during the winter. Install or repair weather stripping or caulking to eliminate cold drafts.
Lighting & Electronics
- Turn lights off when a room is vacant. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs where you need light for long periods.
- Reduce unnecessary exterior lighting. Turn off unnecessary ornamental lighting. Turn off exterior lighting during the day.
- Turn electronic appliances off. When you’re not using stereos, televisions, and other electronics, turn them off. Turn off computers and monitors if you don’t need them in the next couple of hours.
- Turn your hot water heater down. Setting the water heating thermostats to 120 degrees reduces standby loss and lowers the risk of scalding.
- Reduce hot water use. Showers use less heated water than baths. Try shortening your showers by a few minutes. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators if you don’t already have them.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when full.
Home Energy Saver
For more ways to save energy at home visit the Home Energy Saver website.