Set thermostats to 68°F — If health permits. You can save up to 10% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 7-10°F for eight hours.
Use LEDs — Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs use 75% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LED holiday lights can last up to 40 seasons! Search LEDs in your price range here.
Set your refrigerators to 38°F — Keeping your refrigerator cool (not cold) minimizes the annual costs of it always running.
Clear areas around vents — Blockages, like furniture and carpet, make heating systems work harder and prevent rooms from warming up quickly. Keep areas around vents open to minimize pressure that could cause leaks or cracks in the duct system.
Insulate outlets and light switches — Insulating helps prevent drafts in the walls that separate your home and the outdoors. Get DIY tips for this and other projects.
Let in the sun — Opening blinds during the day captures the heat and provides natural light. Closing them at night reduces chill from cool windows.
Use a microwave to reheat leftovers – Microwaves use up to 80% less energy than a standard oven and take less time.
Get wise about dish washing — Operate your dishwasher with full loads and air-dry dishes on the energy saver setting. Find out if handwashing dishes uses more energy than a dishwasher here.
Plug decorations into power strips — Turn off power strips when lights and decorations are not in use.
Buy ENERGY STAR® products — Save up to 30% of your home energy costs when you use ENERGY STAR certified products. Search for ENERGY STAR products and appliances at the right price for you at Energy Action Guide.
Turn off your water heater — When planning to be away for a few days, turn off the water heater or set the thermostat to “vacation mode”. When at home, set your water heater thermostat at 120°F or lower to reduce the amount of energy it takes to produce and maintain your hot water by not overheating it.
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