Energy Saving Tips
Here are some energy saving tips you can follow to help lower your energy costs and save money. Some of tips below won't cost you a penny, others will cost you some money upfront but will save you a lot in the future. We have broken down the list into 4 different sections: no cost, low cost (under $50), mid-range cost ($100-500), high cost (over $500). If there are some tips you don't see on our list and think would be helpful please let us know.
Energy Saving Tips That Are Free To Do:
- Turn off lights, appliances, computers, TV, or other electronics when not in use.
- Keep your damper in your fireplace closed when not in use.
- Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and set your furnace to 68 degrees or lower.
- Use extra blankets at night to keep warm instead of turning on your heater.
- When using your dishwasher make sure it's a full load and use the shortest cycle possible that will still clean your dishes.
- Use the washer with full loads of clothes.
- Make sure to clean the lint filter in your dryer before use.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Take shorter showers to save on the costs of heating water.
- Unplug battery chargers once the batteries are fully charged. Most chargers continue to use energy even when not in use.
- Activate your computers sleep or hibernate feature to automatically power down when not in use for a period of 30 minutes or so.
- Even at your place of work remember to turn off lights and equipment that would be used for a period of time.
- Vacuum and remove the dust bunnies that are under and behind your refrigerator. This will help keep your fridge running more efficient and have better air flow to do its job.
- Replace existing light bulbs with CFL's (compact fluorescent lights). This will help lower your electric bill and they last much longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Buy a "Smart Strip" which is a power surge protector that will automatically shut down power to devices that are no longer being used.
- Replace your air conditioning and furnace air filters regularly. At least twice a year. A good reminder is at the beginning of the winter and start of summer.
- Use caulking to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
- Install weather stripping around windows and doors.
- Swap out your showerhead with a low flow one.
- Install low flow faucet aerators.
- Use fans to help cool off rooms. Fans use less energy then turning on your AC unit.
- Install timers, dimmers, or motion sensors on lights to reduce energy use and only provide lights when needed.
Energy Tips That Cost Between $100 to $500:
- Install sunscreens, shades, or awnings on windows that face south and west to help block the sun during the summer months and keep your home cool. During the winter, open the shades to let sun in to help warm your house.
Energy Saving Tips That Cost Over $500:
- Replace your old refrigerator and purchase a new ENERGY STAR efficient model. SCE also offers a rebate of $35 and they will also pick up your old refrigerator and recycle it.
- Insulate your attic to R-30 levels. This can dramatically cut your utility costs and make your home more energy efficient.
- Replace your existing windows with dual pane windows.