Top 10 Winter Energy-Saving Tips
10 simple ways to save energy and money this winter:
- When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as comfortable. We recommend 68°F or below in the winter. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the setting by several degrees. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home.
- Cover drafty windows with a heavy duty, clear plastic sheet on the inside of window frames during winter months.
- Set your water heater to 120°F and use efficient showerheads.
- Wash clothes in cold water, and wash only full loads.
- Use your dishwasher at full capacity, and air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Switch to ENERGY STAR qualified LED or CFL bulbs. To select the right bulb for your needs, 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. For the greatest savings, choose LEDs, which use even less energy and last up to five times longer than CFLs.
- Set refrigerator temperature between 37° and 40°F, and your freezer at 0°F.
- Unplug old refrigerators in garages or basements that might be used as storage, but are inefficient and not fully utilized. Better yet, have your old refrigerator or freezer picked up for proper recycling and earn a cash incentive.
- 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.
- 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.