Heating and cooling
- In summer, use fans and keep doors, windows, and shades closed during the day to reduce any unwanted heat from coming in.
- In winter, open blinds and drapes to let the sun warm your space.
- Use your ceiling fan instead of the thermostat to lower the temperature.
- Adjust the thermostat in small degree changes. Your home won't heat or cool faster by cranking it up.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature to your schedule.
Appliances and electronics
- Wash your clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.
- Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking to use two-thirds less energy.
- Don't open the oven door while baking. Each time, the temperature can drop up to 13.8°C (25°F) and requires additional energy to bring it back up.
- Turn off the oven 10-15 minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible to operate efficiently.
- Use dishwashers and washers/dryers in off-peak hours to keep the house cooler.
- Don't run bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside air.
- Turn on your computer, monitor, printer, and fax machine only when needed.
- Don't leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight, it only takes a couple of hours to charge.
- Avoid placing objects that give off heat (for example, lamps or TVs) near a thermostat.
- Use desktop lamps with high-efficiency lightbulbs.
- Open curtains and shades during the day to let in the natural light instead of using lighting.
- Use a photocell or a timer on your outdoor lights for dusk-to-dawn only operation.
- Turn off the lights when they're not in use and save up to 15% on your utility bill.
Home maintenance and improvements
- Clean or replace all filters in your home once a month.
- Seal cracks, gaps, leaks and add insulation to save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.
- Replace single-pane windows with more energy efficient ones, and/or add solar shades or tinting film.