Your guide to seasonal savings

Simple, energy-efficient changes for year-round comfort, lower bills and a greener home.

In addition to the tips below, visit myEnergy Marketplace for additional information on what to look for in energy-efficient products, as well as cost-saving rebates.

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Seasonal savings tips & tricks
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Fall & Winter

1

Set it & forget it

Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce heating costs automatically.

2

Efficient eats

Microwaves, slow cookers and toaster ovens use up to half the energy of a conventional oven.

3

Replace filters

Help reduce furnace fan energy use by replacing furnace filters every three months.

4

Seal air leaks

Caulk, draftproof and weatherstrip doors and windows to keep heat from escaping.

5

Clear the way

Ensure heating vents are free from furniture, appliances or other objects that can block airflow.

6

Reverse rotation

In colder months, set ceiling fan blades to run clockwise to help push warm air downward.

7

Early off

Turn the oven off 10-15 minutes before you are done cooking – food will continue to cook.

8

Close the damper

Have a fireplace? Cover the flue damper when not in use to avoid air leaks and heat loss.

9

Clean coils

Vacuum your refrigerator’s coils to help it run more efficiently and extend compressor life.

10

Get a tune-up

Have a qualified technician inspect your HVAC system annually to ensure it's running efficiently.

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Going out of town?

  • Schedule vacation dates on your smart or programmable thermostat.
  • Set lights on timers to make it look like you are home.
  • Unplug electronics, especially computers, game consoles, printers and TVs.
  • Fill up your fridge with water jugs – it runs more efficiently when full.

Spring & Summer

1

Keep the heat out

Reduce unwanted heat by keeping shades and blinds closed during the day.

2

Upgrade to LED lightbulbs

They're 75% more efficient and run cooler than standard lightbulbs, reducing the need for air conditioning.

3

Set it & forget it

Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce cooling costs automatically.

4

Unplug electronics

Electronics such as game consoles and PVRs can use more energy on standby mode than in regular use.

5

Fan out

Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to help keep cool air pushed down.

6

Focus on the filter

If you’re using a room air conditioner, clean the air filters once per season minimum – more frequently if you have pets. Dirty filters reduce airflow and system efficiency.

7

Grill outdoors

Reduce electricity use by firing up the BBQ. Cooking outside also keeps the kitchen cool, reducing the need for air conditioning.

8

Dry on the line

Use a clothesline or drying rack to reduce energy use and heat gain.

9

Pump it up

Opt for a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® pool pump, which uses up to 90% less electricity.

10

Do routine maintenance

Schedule a checkup of your cooling equipment with a licensed contractor.

Visit myEnergy Marketplace for additional information on what to look for in energy-efficient products, as well as cost-saving rebates.