Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home

Help lower your carbon footprint by living green.

Watch the videos below for insight on saving energy at home — and lowering your electricity bills along the way.

Heating and cooling

Follow these tips to keep your home comfy all year long while saving energy.

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Water heater

Get energy-saving tips for your water heater — a home’s second biggest energy user.

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Large appliances

Learn how changes both large and small can help you conserve energy.

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Lighting

Brighten up your life - and the planet - with these energy - efficient lighting options.

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More ways to conserve energy:

  • Invest in a smart themostat to help with efficiency.
  • Seal gaps in windows, doors and air ducts.
  • Switch to energy-efficient LED lighting.
  • Unplug infrequently-used electronics.
  • Keep your refrigerator well-stocked so it uses less energy to keep contents cold.
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
  • Keep areas around vents clear of furniture, toys and clutter.
  • Replace air filters and schedule regular HVAC tune-ups.
  • Make sure your next new appliance is ENERGY STAR® certified.

Energy-saving tips for hot weather:

  • Raise your thermostat four degrees when you’re not at home.
  • Set your ceiling fan to rotate counterclockwise and use it to circulate cool air.
  • Close curtains during the day, or tilt your blinds to direct sunlight toward the ceiling.
  • Wash clothes and dishes at night, and ensure loads are full.
  • Enjoy some free A/C with others at a movie theater, shopping mall, gym or other indoor venue.

Energy-saving tips for cold weather:

  • Lower your thermostat four degrees when you’re not at home.
  • Set your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise and use it to recirculate heat that has risen.
  • Open south-facing blinds and curtains during the day.
  • Make sure your attic has enough insulation, including around the access door.
  • Opt for extra layers or get cozy under a warm blanket.

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