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Ways to Save


  • Keep blinds open during sunny winter days to allow direct sunlight to generate warmth. Close them at night to hold in the heat.
  • Replace the air filter in your heating unit regularly.
  • Set the thermostat at 68 degrees and lower it two or three degrees when you leave for the day.
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • Wear extra layers and add another blanket to the bed to feel warmer.
  • Caulk and install weather-striping around doors and windows to reduce drafts and improve comfort.
  • Turn off bathroom ventilation fans immediately after use.


  • Keep windows shaded to block out direct sunlight.
  • Replace the filter in your air conditioning unit regularly.
  • Set your thermostat between 76-78 degrees and raise it two to three degrees when you’ll be away for several hours.
  • Use ceiling fans in occupied rooms to make your home feel cooler.
  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances. They add heat to the home.
  • Do cooking and other heat-producing chores, running the dryer, etc. during the cooler parts of the day.
  • Service the AC at least once a year. If renting, ask the landlord to have this done.

Water Heating

  • Set the water heater temperature at 120 degrees.
  • Take shorter showers. Studies show the average teenager spends 45 minutes in the shower!
  • Washing full loads of laundry can save you more than 3,400 gallons of heated water each year.
  • Use cold or warm water instead of hot to wash everything but towels.
  • Check for leaking faucets or water heater leaks.

Lighting & Appliances

  • Turn off electronics and lights when not in use.
  • Eliminate phantom load by using a power strip for your computer and other electronics to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source.
  • Don’t over dry your clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it to automatically turn the machine off when clothes are finished.


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