Heat and cool your home efficiently
One degree of heat or air conditioning can result in a 6-8% increase in energy use. For example, keeping your home at 74°F in the winter instead of 68°F could increase energy use by 40%!
> The optimal settings are 78°F / 25°C in the summer and 68°F / 20°C in the winter
> Clean or replace air filters
> Install a programmable thermostat
> Consider high efficiency air conditioners and geothermal heat pumps
> Use window shades, blinds or tinted glass to control sun-generated heat
> Have your heat and air conditioning units serviced every year
> Use attic insulation at least 12 inches thick
Easy Energy Savings Tips
> LED bulbs can help you save 75% or more off lighting costs!
> Turn off fans when you leave a room – a running fan will not lower room temperature
> Keep your refrigerator at 38°F / 3°C and the freezer at 5°F / -15°C
> Dust under and behind your refrigerator – clean coils help it run more efficiently
> Clean the lint filter in the dryer before every load
> Clean filters and appliances in accordance with manufacturers instructions
Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.
> Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to ‘normal’ or 120°F / 48°C when home
> Turn your hot water heater thermostat to ‘vacation’ when away
> Turn off hot water while brushing teeth
> Wash your clothes in cold water
Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
If you live in the U.S. and install energy-efficient replacement windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment in your home you may be eligible for a tax credit for 30% of the cost, up to $1,500. See EnergyStar.gov’s Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency for details.