Top 10 Energy-Saving Tips

Simple ways to save energy and money at home

  1. Set your thermostat to 68° in the winter and 78° in the summer.

  2. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home. Your purchase may qualify for a wattsmart cash incentive.
  3. Set your water heater to 120°F and use efficient showerheads.
  4. Switch to ENERGY STAR qualified LED bulbs. Look for the Lighting Facts label when you shop. It's a quick way to compare brightness (lumens), light appearance (warm to cool) and operating costs. Buy specially priced bulbs at participating stores:
    PDF California retailers
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    PDF Washington retailers

  5. Wash clothes in cold water, and wash only full loads.

  6. Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
  7. Set refrigerator temperature between 37° and 40°F, and your freezer at 0°F.
  8. Unplug old refrigerators in garages or basements that might be used as storage, but are inefficient and not fully utilized.
  9. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.
  10. Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently.