Simple Steps To Help You Save Money On Your Electric Energy Costs
- Use a microwave rather than electric range to prepare meals (a microwave uses less electricity than a range).
- Wash and dry clothes after the evening peak demand for electricity has passed (usually after 9:00 pm).
- Wash clothes in cold water and use a strong concentrated detergent like Tide or Gain.
- Run your dishwasher when you retire for the evening (energy efficiency setting).
- Boost your water heater’s efficiency by wrapping it in an insulated blanket if it is in a cold location. It will help the unit retain as much heat as possible.
- Set your water heater thermostat on 120 degrees or “A”, no higher.
- Install a water heater timer if possible or a flip switch.
- When cooling your home, turn the thermostat up to at least 78 degrees. Use ceiling and circulating fans to move the cooled air so you can raise the thermostat while still maintaining comfort.
- During the warn months, perform heat – and moisture – producing tasks such as baking, washing, drying, dishwashing, and showering during cooler evening hours.
- Create shade for your home by planting trees, adding overhangs, shutters, porches, draperies, and solar screens.
- Buy only high-efficiency equipment when replacing old appliances (look for the yellow sticker).
- During the spring and summer, keep your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees. During fall and winter, keep your thermostat at 68 degrees.
- Keeps curtains open in the winter and closed in the summer.
- Run pool pump the very minimum amount of time. Enough to keep the water clear.
- Place your refrigerator and freezer settings on half way.
- Have you heating and cooling system and thermostat checked by a licensed contractor if when using the heating, the auxiliary light comes on repeatedly (when the auxiliary light is on the heat strips are operating causing high electrical usage).
- Have your heating and cooling system serviced once a year.