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Energy Saving Hacks: Don’t get over charged. Even when they’re not charging your phone, laptop or gaming device, electronic chargers still use energy. Unplug them and save.
Energy Saving Hacks: A clean house is an efficient house! Dust layers stop heat from flowing as freely. Be sure to vacuum around vents, the coils behind the fridge, and replace the furnace filters.
Energy Saving Hacks: Will you be dining alone? No need to fire up the big oven for a single meal. Use the toaster oven or microwave and you'll be dining with some good energy savings tonight!
Energy Saving Hacks: Pack you freezer. A full freezer is an efficient freezer. All those frozen items will help cool any warm air that sneaks in when you're getting something out of it.
Energy Saving Hacks: Put a lid on it. Haven't you heard...a watched pot never boils? Using a lid on pots and pans will heat food faster and use less energy.
Energy Saving Hacks: It's not just for showering. A rolled-up towel placed at the bottom of your door will work as a draft protector, keeping the warm air inside and the cold air out.
Energy Saving Hacks: What's in the oven? When baking, consider what other things you can bake at the same time. You'll save energy and have meals for a week!
Energy Saving Hacks: A bunch of hot air. Once you're done baking and have turned off the oven, leave the door open to let that hot air add a little warmth to your home.
Use our free online Energy Tracker℠ tool to track your electricity use by hour, day or more. You can also get email or text alerts about your estimated bill or when it’s expected to exceed an amount you’ve set.
Practice thermostat control. Each degree you lower your thermostat in winter saves an estimated 2 percent on your heating bill. In winter, set it to 68 when you’re awake, 60 when asleep or gone. In summer, try 75 to 78 degrees to save on air conditioning.
Wash smarter. Use the Energy Saver mode on your clothes washer and dishwasher.
Set your water heater thermostat 120 degrees is perfect for savings and safety.
Don’t heat or cool unused rooms. If you have baseboard, wall units or other in-room systems, turn the heat down low when unoccupied to save energy and avoid mold and close the doors to keep heat where you want it.
Pull the shades. Window coverings help hold energy in and the heat or cold out.
Unplug energy “vampires” such as laptop and cell phone chargers as soon as you’re done using them. Otherwise, they suck energy even when not in use.
Turn off your computer and other home electronics when not in use. The default settings on most computers aren’t the most energy efficient. Adjust yours for efficiency.
Close your fireplace damper and doors when not in use. After a fire, let the fireplace cool completely before closing the damper.
Turn off ventilation fans in kitchen and baths. They pull warmed or cooled air out of your house, so turn them off after about 10 minutes or install a timer to ensure you don’t accidentally leave them on.