No-Cost Tips for Your Home

Our no cost tips will have no upfront costs and focus mainly on behavioral changes that can help decrease your monthly utility bill. Behavioral changes are as simple as turning off the light when leaving a room to taking quicker showers. See below for a complete list of energy saving tips!

  • Set your thermostat properly for your home.
    • Set the thermostat fan setting to “auto”.
    • Save an average of $13 per month by setting your thermostat 2 degrees warmer in the summer and 2 degrees cooler in the winter.
    • During warm weather, set your A/C at 78 degrees while you are home and 85 degrees while you are away. Wear well-ventilated clothing and turn the thermostat warmer. 
    • During cold weather, set your heater at 68 degrees while you are home and 55-60 degrees while you are away. Consider wearing additional clothing such a comfortable sweater for added insulation and turn the thermostat cooler.
  • Keep blinds and drapes open throughout daylight hours during cold weather to take advantage of the sun’s warmth. During hot months, use blinds, drapes, shutters, or window film to prevent heat gain.
  • Adjust the settings on your computers and monitors so they are able to go in to power saving mode.
  • Use power strips as central turn off points when you are finished using electronics.
  • Unplug battery chargers, such as your cell phone charger, or power adapters when not in use.
  • Turn off lights when you are not in the room.
    • According to ENERGY STAR®, turning off just one 60-watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise burn eight hours a day can save about $15 per year.
    • Turn outdoor lighting off during daylight hours. 
    • When practical use day lighting in lieu of artificial lighting.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Take shorter showers, a ten minute shower with a low flow shower head can use less water than a full bath.
  • Wash full loads of laundry using cold water.
  • Scrape dishes clean instead of rinsing them before loading in the dishwasher. Only run your dishwasher when it is full and use the air-dry option if available.
  • Open and close your refrigerator door as needed, do not leave your refrigerator door open while loading groceries.
  • If you have a second refrigerator that is rarely used, consider getting rid of it. Select your county below for more information on how to recycle your old appliances.

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