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Fall & Winter

 
 
Airflow through filter
Replace filters

To help reduce furnace fan energy use, replace furnace filters every three months.

Caulking gun
Seal air leaks

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

Worker in hardhat with wrench and pliers
Get a tune-up

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

Airflow up through air vents
Clear the way

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

Ceiling fan blades changing direction
Reverse rotation

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

Slow cooker
Efficient eats

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

Range oven
Early off

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

Laundry basket under the moon
Shift some use

Do laundry in off-peak hours, such as evenings after 7 p.m., and wash with cold water to save even more.

Fireplace
Close the damper

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

Vacuum cleaner
Clean coils

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

Thermostat
Set it & forget it

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


Suitcases

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

 
 
LED lightbulbs
Upgrade to LED lightbulbs

They're 75% more efficient and they run cooler, which reduces the need for air conditioning.

Thermostat
Set it & forget it

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

Window blinds
Keep the heat out

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

Gaming console
Unplug electronics

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

Hand holding a wrench
Do routine maintenance

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

Ceiling fan
Fan out

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

Air conditioner filter
Focus on the filter

If you are using a room air conditioner, clean the air filters at least once per season – more if you have pets. Dirty filters reduce airflow and system efficiency.

T-shirt hanging on clothesline
Dry on the line

Whenever possible, use a clothesline or a drying rack to reduce energy use and heat gain.

Pump
Pump it up

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

BBQ grill
Grill outdoors

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

Hot tub
Hot tubs & spas

Lower the standby temperature by two degrees and cover after use to retain heat.