How to Lower Your Electric Bill
- Install adequate insulation in your attic, walls, basement, crawl spaces and floors. Insulate and weather-strip the accesses to your attic, and caulk around windows and doors to seal cracks.
- Wrap insulation around ductwork that runs through basements, garages or crawl spaces. Place foam gaskets behind light switches and outlet covers to prevent air coming in from the wall space.
- Close off unoccupied rooms and shut off air conditioning vents in those rooms.
- Clean air registers and intake vents regularly. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Close fireplace damper tightly during summer months.
- Close drapes, blinds or shades during the day on windows that receive direct sunlight to retain cooler air in your home.
- Set your ceiling fan blades to turn counter clockwise so the air is pushed down toward the floor for more efficient cooling.
- Clean or replace air conditioner filters monthly. Have your cooling systems inspected and, if necessary, adjusted annually.
- If your central air conditioner or appliances are more than 15 years old, consider replacing them with an ENERGY STAR* qualified unit.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you are away or sleeping.
- Use energy saving settings on all electric appliances.
- Wash only full loads of clothes and clean the dryer’s lint screen after each use.
- Preheat the oven for the least amount of time possible. Cook several dishes in the oven at the same time.
to automatically adjust your home’s temperature when you are away or sleeping.
ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark generally use 20% - 30% less energy than required by federal standards