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Consumer Tips for Conserving Energy
  • Keep your thermostat at 70 degrees during the heating season.
  • Raise your cooling thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer.
  • Clean and replace filters often.
  • Cover window air conditioning units during the winter.
  • Cover the openings of unused fireplaces.
  • Open draperies and shades in sunny windows on cold days. Keep them closed at night to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Use warm or cold water for washing clothes where you can and always use cold water to rinse.
  • Run the dryer at night in the summer so its warmth isn't released during the heat of the day.
  • Clear the lint screen after each load for quick drying.
  • Take shorter showers and install water saving shower heads.
  • Turn off the water faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Use long life, lower wattage light bulbs.
  • Change from Incandescent to Fluorescent lights when possible.
  • Use the dishwasher only when full.
  • If you need a new appliance, always shop for the most energy efficient.
  • Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator at least every three months. The dirt build-up makes the refrigerator work harder to keep the contents cool and therefore uses more energy.
  • Weather strip around all exterior doors and openings.
  • Insulate hot water piping.
  • Repair any leaky faucets.
  • Install storm or thermal windows and doors.
  • Remember that is important not to have lamps, televisions or other heat sources close to the air conditioner thermostat - heat from these sources may cause the air conditioner unit to run longer than it should.
  • Check to ensure that no furniture or other obstacles are blocking ducts or fans. This will enable cooled air to circulate freely.
  • Do your cooking, showering, washing, clothes drying and ironing in the morning or the evening when the temperatures are cooler.