Image of house, tree, and clouds

Long-Term Savings For Homes

    • Do not use humidifiers or swamp coolers with the AC.
    • If your AC or heater is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.
      • Newer models use up to 40% less energy.
    • Consider installing a whole-house fan for better circulation.
    • Maintain your AC and heater so they work efficiently.
      • Check your air or furnace filters every month when in use. Replace them at least every three months.
      • If you can, have your HVAC unit inspected and maintained in the spring and or fall by a licensed professional.
      • Wash the outside coils of your AC. Clear away high grass, leaves and any other debris that could block the flow of air.
    • Add trees and shrubs on the east, west, and south sides of your home to keep it insulated naturally.
    • Set your computer and monitor to sleep when idle for more than a few minutes.
    • Don't use screen savers. They prevent computers and monitors from going into power-saver mode.
    • Make sure the dryer air vent outside your house is properly sealed.
    • When buying a new appliance, look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. These options use 10-50% less energy than standard models.
    • Check light sockets for the recommended bulb wattage for each lamp or light. Don’t use a higher-wattage bulb. It wastes energy, and it can be a fire hazard. If you need more light, consider using a CFL bulb that produces more light with lower wattage.
    • When you can, use one higher-watt bulb instead of two lower-watt bulbs. A single higher-watt bulb is more efficient.
    • Repair leaks on warm-water faucets. These leaks just drain your water heater, which means it has to heat more water. That process costs you more.
    • Drain your hot water tank regularly to remove sediment.
    • If buying a new water heater, consider a tankless unit. These systems are 35-45% more efficient. Plus, you'll never run out of hot water.
    • Save up to 10% on cooling costs by caulking windows and weather-stripping doors.
    • Upgrade to energy-efficient windows.
    • Add solar screens or window tint.
    • Check your ducts for leaks and seal them if needed.
    • Consider getting an energy audit.
    • Make sure your attic has proper ventilation and high R-value insulation. This will help your AC be more efficient and keep more cool air inside your home.
    • Use heavy-duty, clear plastic film on the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months.
    • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty.