Energy Saving Tips

  • Use a microwave rather than an electric range to prepare meals
  • Wash and dry clothes after the evening peak demand for electricity has passed (usually after 9:00 pm)
  • Wash clothes in cold water and use a strong concentrated detergent like Tide or Gain
  • Run your dishwasher when you retire for the evening (energy efficiency setting)
  • Boost your water heater’s efficiency by wrapping it in an insulated blanket if it is in a cold location
  • Set your water heater thermostat on 120° or “A”, no higher
  • Install a water heater timer if possible or a flip switch
  • When cooling your home, turn the thermostat up to at least 78° and use ceiling and circulating fans to move the cooled air so you can raise the thermostat while still maintaining comfort
  • During the warm months, perform heat and moisture-producing tasks such as baking, washing, drying, dishwashing, and showering during cooler evening hours
  • Create shade for your home by planting trees, adding overhangs, shutters, porches, draperies, and solar screens
  • Buy only high-efficiency equipment when replacing old appliances (look for the yellow sticker)
  • During spring and summer, keep your thermostat between 78° and 80°, and 68° during fall and winter
  • Keeps curtains open in the winter and closed in the summer
  • Run pool pump the very minimum amount of time
  • Place your refrigerator and freezer settings on halfway
  • Have your heating and cooling system and thermostat checked by a licensed contractor if when using the heating, the auxiliary light comes on repeatedly
  • Have your heating and cooling system serviced once a year

Employ these steps immediately after your meter has been read.