Preheat oven only for baked foods that require precise temperatures
such as breads, cookies, and cakes. Casseroles, roasts, and
broiled foods don't need to go into a warm oven.
the refrigerator coils twice a year. Dirty coils make the
refrigerator work harder and use more energy.
your oven off about five minutes before cooking time is complete.
a 1/4 inch layer of frost has accumulated, it is time to
defrost. Frost acts as an insulator and forces the appliance
to work harder.
the lint filter after every load of laundry. This decreases
the drying time and increases the airflow.
a covered pan to boil water. It will use less energy and is
microwave ovens to save energy and reduce cooking time.
Consider washing and drying dishes by
hand, rather than using a dishwasher.
When cooking - don't continually open
oven door to check on food, you lose 20% of your heat every time the
door is opened.
COOL TIPS FOR SUMMER
Spring is a great time
for pruning trees. Be especially careful not to let metal
ladders or trimmers contact overhead lines.
Set your air
conditioners thermostat at 78 degrees F or higher in the summer.
Use a fan to circulate
a breeze. Fans cost less to run than air conditioners.
When first turning on
air conditioners, don't set your thermostat at a colder
setting. This could result in an unnecessary expense.
Don't place a
television or lamp near the thermostat. This can cause air
conditioners to run longer, because of the heat from the
Save energy by
planting trees or shrubs to shade air conditioners. Be
careful not to block the air flow.
Turn off air
conditioners when the weather is breezy and cool or when the sun
goes down. Open windows and doors, and turn on fans to
Do bathing, laundry,
and dishwashing in the early morning or evening hours when the
temperature is cooler. This avoids generating heat and
humidity and avoids our utility's peak energy period of 2 pm to 6
Tune up your air
conditioners to prolong the life of your equipment.
Wash clothes in warm
or cold water, to cut back on the amount of hot water used.
Take a shower instead
of a bath, to cut back on the amount of hot water used.
TIPS FOR WINTER
Winterize pipes when not
During the winter months, your furnace will be running and windows
will be shut. So you need to install carbon monoxide
detectors near your bedrooms.
Be cautious when using portable heaters.
Place them three feet away from anything flammable. Never
leave them running when you are gone or asleep. Don't let
children or pets around the heaters, and never dry clothing or
mittens on heaters.
Make the area around your furnace clear, so
it has room for good air circulation. Keep flammable
materials, such as paints, paint thinners, fuels, solvents,
clothing, and boxes away from the furnace.
Never heat a room with a gas range or an open
oven door. The un-vented products of combustion can quickly
build to toxic levels.
In cold climates, close your drapery and shades at night and open
them during the day.
storm windows can also decrease your heat loss by up to 50%.
Clear plastic tacked across your windows works well also.
your furnace serviced once a year by a qualified heating
a high-energy efficient furnace, air conditioner, or appliances. A
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- Change or clean furnace filters
every 30 days.
- Weather strip and caulk windows and
doors to keep the cold out and the heat in.
- Seal any cracks or holes in the
foundation of your house to prevent any cold air from entering your
- Turn your thermostat down to 68
degrees F for a comfortable temperature when you are awake. Every
degree that you lower your thermostat could save you up to 3% on
your heating bill. Lower the thermostat by 5 degrees when asleep.
(warmer temperatures are recommended for homes with the ill,
elderly, or infants.)
- An Automated Thermostat will provide
for automatic set back and set up
of thermostat temperature.
- Use fireplaces and wood stoves
wisely, an open damper can be like leaving a window wide open.
- Consider reversing ceiling fans to
push down warm air without creating a draft.
- Set your thermostat at 60 degrees F
when no one is home.
- Close vents and doors in unused
- Consider adding attic or side wall
insulation, one of the fastest forms
of providing energy savings.
- Lower the temperature on your hot
Consider using a humidifier to add moisture to your home, as moister
retains heat better than dry air.
- Wash clothes in warm or cold water,
to cut back on the amount of hot water used.
- Take a shower
instead of a bath, to cut back on the amount of hot water used.