Energy Saving Tips For All Seasons

Energy Saving Tips For All Seasons

Heating and cooling costs make up a significant portion of your energy bill each month. Ways in which to keep these costs down have double the benefit. By conserving energy when it comes to temperature, you’re saving your dollars and maintaining a healthier relationship with the planet.

Although there is some overlap, energy saving suggestions tend to change along with the seasons, so be sure to refer to the corresponding list in order to start saving energy and money today.

Hotter Months

  • Keep curtains and windows closed during the daytime to block out excessive sunlight.
  • Keep your thermostat between 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit and turn it higher if no one will be home for an extended period of time.
  • Turn off the lights and electronics when they’re not in use (suggested for both months, but especially useful during warmer weather).
  • Try to avoid cooking with your oven and/or stovetop, if you are able.
  • Make sure your home has proper insulation by repairing any leaks and/or damage.
  • Change air filters on a monthly basis.

Cooler Months

  • Open window curtains where sunlight will shine through during the day, and close them once again at night.
  • Set the thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit and turn the temperature lower if no one will be home.
  • Make sure warm air isn’t escaping from your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Use area rugs to keep your feet warm on wood and tile floors.
  • Make sure your home has proper insulation by repairing any leaks and/or damage.
  • Change air filters on a monthly basis.

Energy Efficient Appliances

We know you probably use more than just an HVAC unit when it comes to appliances around the house. If you’re in the market to upgrade another appliance, think about getting a more energy efficient version. For example, look to purchase refrigerators with top-mounted freezers and washing machines that are front-loading. As always, check to see if a product has an ENERGY STAR certification.