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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.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce heating costs automatically.
Microwaves, slow cookers and toaster ovens use up to half the energy of a conventional oven.
Help reduce furnace fan energy use by replacing furnace filters every three months.
Caulk, draftproof and weatherstrip doors and windows to keep heat from escaping.
Ensure heating vents are free from furniture, appliances or other objects that can block
In colder months, set ceiling fan blades to run clockwise to help push warm air downward.
Turn the oven off 10-15 minutes before you are done cooking – food will continue to cook.
Have a fireplace? Cover the flue damper when not in use to avoid air leaks and heat loss.
Vacuum your refrigerator’s coils to help it run more efficiently and extend compressor life.
Have a qualified technician inspect your HVAC system annually to ensure it's running
Reduce unwanted heat by keeping shades and blinds closed during the day.
They're 75% more efficient and run cooler than standard lightbulbs, reducing the need for air
Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce cooling costs automatically.
Electronics such as game consoles and PVRs can use more energy on standby mode than in
Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to help keep cool air pushed down.
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.
Reduce electricity use by firing up the BBQ. Cooking outside also keeps the kitchen cool,
reducing the need for air conditioning.
Use a clothesline or drying rack to reduce energy use and heat gain.
Opt for a high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® pool pump, which uses up to 90% less electricity.
Schedule a checkup of your cooling equipment with a licensed contractor.