Energy Tips


  • Turn off home office and entertainment equipment when not in use
  • When purchasing appliances or home office equipment, select energy efficient models with the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Unplug instant-on appliances (TV and cable box) when you go on vacation
  • Insulate doors and windows with weather-stripping or caulking to prevent heating or cooling loss


  • Wash full loads only, but do not overload
  • Wash and rinse in cold water instead of hot water
  • Clothes dryers are at the top of the energy consumption list of household appliances. Dry consecutive loads to utilize the already warm dryer
  • Clean the lint filter after each load to maximize drying efficiency


  • Use dishwasher for full loads whenever possible
  • Soak or prewash only if food is burned or dried-on
  • Reduce dishwasher energy usage by manually air drying dishes or use auto-air dry feature
  • Ensure oven door seals are in good condition
  • Do not preheat the oven unless necessary
  • Thaw frozen foods before cooking to save energy


  • Change the 5 fixtures used most to ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, such as Compact Florescent Light bulbs (CFL’s)
  • Compact florescent lighting uses up to two thirds less energy and lasts 6 to 10 times longer than traditional lighting
  • Use task lighting instead of brightly lighting an entire room
  • Replace high wattage, halogen touchier lamps with fluorescent equivalents
  • Take advantage of natural daylight when possible and decorate with lighter colors to reflect light

Electric Heating

  • Set thermostat at 68 degrees F or lower when heating your home, depending on your comfort level
  • If windows face the south, open drapes during the day to utilize heat from the sun
  • Close drapes if you have large windows which don’t receive direct sun and also at night to retain heat
  • Inspect ducts and replace filters annually
  • Consider installing a programmable setback thermostat to control heating hours


  • If buying a new refrigerator, consider the cost of operation and look for the ENERGY STAR label
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer filled for economical operation
  • Check and adjust refrigerator setting to 37° F – 40° F using a refrigerator thermometer
  • Inspect door seals and replace if necessary
  • Limit opening/closing of refrigerator door to a minimum
  • Clean condenser coils at least one per year

Water Heating

  • Low-flow shower heads and faucets can reduce the amount of hot water used per day by half
  • Use a timer to reduce the time spent in the shower
  • Turn down your hot water heater thermostat to 120° F
  • Insulate your water heater
  • Washing dishes in a basin or sink uses much less hot water than washing under running water

Central Air Conditioning

  • Install 7-day programmable thermostats to control air conditioning usage
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible when cooling your home
  • Have an annual tune-up to check refrigerant, thermostat and filters
  • Use awnings, shutters or window film to reduce solar heat gain into building
  • Use fans instead of A/C whenever possible
  • An outdoor unit operating in the shade can use 10% less electricity than if it is in the sun

Room Air Conditioning

  • Clean grills, filters and drains once a month
  • Do not place lamps or TV sets which emit heat near your air-conditioning thermostat
  • Keep windows and drapes closed while using cooling
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to prevent air leaks
  • Use an interior fan to spread the cooled air more efficiently

Renovate Right Information

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