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Winter

  • Make sure your furnace is ready for the winter season by getting a tune-up. This will ensure your system will run as efficiently as possible throughout the season
  • Change your furnace’s filter every 1-2 months. Why, you ask? A dirty filter makes your system work harder, which uses more energy
  • Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows and/or use window film to cover windows and draft stoppersopens in a new window to keep the heated air in, and the cold air out
  • When you are asleep or away from the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° and you could save around 10% a year on your heating bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature by automatically adjusting the temperature the way you set it
  • Turn the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). Not only will you save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands

Spring

  • Make sure your cooling system is ready for summer by getting a tune-up. This will ensure your cooling system will run as efficiently as possible for the summer season
  • Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat can sense heat from these appliances, and cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary
  • Ceiling fans are a great way to feel cool without using your cooling system, or by setting it at a warmer temperature. But remember, fans cool people, not rooms–don’t forget to shut them off when you leave the room
  • Clean your refrigerators coils as part of your spring cleaning routine. Similar to your HVAC filter, when the coils are dirty, your refrigerator has to work harder to stay cool, which uses more energy
  • Doing some spring cleaning in your basement? Make sure to have a look at your foundation walls. If you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace, check for air leaks by looking for spider webs. If there’s a web, there’s a draft. A large amount of heat is also lost from an un-insulated basement

Summer

  • Close your window blinds to keep the warm air out during the day, and if the weather cools off at night open them back up
  • Set your thermostat warmer during times you are asleep or away from home. A programmable thermostat can make it easy by automatically adjusting the temperature the way you set it
  • Change your cooling system’s filter every 1-2 months. Remember, a dirty filter makes the system work harder to cool your home, which uses more energy
  • Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Remember to shut them off when you’re not in the room
  • Use a grill to cook when you can. This will save you from turning on the oven and warming your home
  • Have a pool? Install a variable speed pool pump to save up to 80% of you pool energy costs

Fall

  • Check your insulation – especially your attic. By increasing insulation and filling gaps you keep your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and save money all year round
  • Take time to weatherize. Be proactive and so that you can be prepared when winter hits
  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows

All Weather Tips

  • Change out light bulbs to energy efficiency LEDs or CFLs
  • Always look for the blue ENERGY STAR on bulbs, appliances, windows, and electronics when replacing them
  • Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes in the dishwasher. Use the cold water settings when you can
  • Use only the energy you need. Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms and use solar or motion sensor lights outside
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use. Those that have a pilot/indicator light that remains on after use are still using energy
  • Get a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR assessment through your local electric utility. This assessment will test how your home uses energy, where it’s wasting energy, and present you with a plan for how you can start to save