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Simple, energy-smart changes for year-round comfort, lower bills and a greener home
To help reduce furnace fan energy use, replace furnace filters every three months.
Caulk, draftproof and weatherstrip doors and windows to keep warm air from escaping.
Have a qualified technician inspect your HVAC system annually to ensure it's running efficiently.
Ensure heating vents are free from furniture, appliances or other objects that can block airflow.
In colder months, set ceiling fan blades to run clockwise to help push warm air downward.
Microwaves, slow cookers and toaster ovens use up to half the energy of a conventional oven.
Turn the oven off 10-15 minutes before you are done cooking – food will continue to cook.
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.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce heating costs automatically.
They're 75% more efficient and they run cooler, which reduces the need for air conditioning.
Install a programmable or smart thermostat to help you reduce cooling costs automatically.
Reduce unwanted heat by keeping shades and blinds closed during the day.
Electronics such as game consoles and PVRs can use more energy on standby mode than in regular use.
Schedule a checkup of your cooling equipment with a licensed contractor.
Set ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise to help keep cool air pushed down.
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.
Whenever possible, use a clothesline or a 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.
Reduce electricity use by firing up the BBQ. Cooking outside also keeps the kitchen cool, reducing the need for air conditioning.
Lower the standby temperature by two degrees and cover after use to retain heat.
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.