Energy tips for your home
Explore ways to reduce your energy consumption and save money
Wisely managing your home's energy use keeps your energy costs down while providing you and your family comfort through all seasons. UES has plenty of ideas to save money on your electric bills.
The information on this page was gathered from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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- Use ceiling or oscillating fans to keep air moving, so you feel cooler without increasing air conditioner use.
- Dry laundry loads right after each other so your dryer doesn't have to reheat for each load. And do it during cooler periods of the day and night in summer. Also, clean the lint tray after each load.
- Turning the thermostat up will save you money in the summer, and the opposite is true during the winter. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends thermostat settings of 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter, but individual preferences may vary.
- Caulking around door frames and installing weather stripping around door openings are inexpensive and highly effective means of saving energy. If a door is cracked or warped so it does not seal well around the edges, it should be replaced. Choose an insulated metal or fiberglass door as a replacement.
- Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that carry the Energy Star label. Energy Star-qualified CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. They also generate about 75 percent less heat, so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling. Explore energystar.gov to learn more.
- Deciduous trees with high, spreading leaves and branches can be planted to the south of your home to provide maximum summertime roof shading. Trees with foliage lower to the ground are more appropriate to the west, where shade is needed from lower afternoon sun angles.
- Cutting a 15-minute shower in half can save substantially on yearly hot-water costs.
- In summer, use shades, blinds or curtains to keep sunlight out, especially during the afternoon in rooms facing west.
- Don't block vents or ducts inside the house. Maintaining clear air paths allows your cooling and heating systems to work more efficiently.
- About 80 to 85 percent of the energy involved in washing clothes is used to heat the water. As such, there are two good ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes - use less water and lower the temperature. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut energy use in half.