CUT
THE EXCESS
AND SAVE.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.

TIPS: Access Your Excess

There are plenty of places in your home where easy changes mean big savings.
Here are a few simple tips to start you off.

  • Lower your thermostat to 68°. And turn it down 5° at night.
  • Lower your water heater to 120°. You'll still have plenty of hot water.
  • In the winter, make the most of sunlight by opening window coverings on south-facing windows
    to help warm your home.
  • Do more loads of laundry with cold water.
  • Replace your furnace filter regularly. Furnace filters can easily be replaced monthly during heating season.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
  • Weatherize your home by weather-stripping doors and sealing windows.
    That's where you're most likely to find holes to the outside.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat that turns your heat down when you're not home.
  • Add more insulation. The attic and basement are the easiest places to begin.
  • Purchase a high efficiency heating system and water heater.
  • Upgrade your furnace or boiler to a new high efficiency model. New technology boots efficiency of some models to 95% or more. Many older models are less than 80% efficient.
  • Upgrade your water heater to a new high efficiency model.
  • Install storm windows and doors.
  • Lower your heat to 55 when you are going away for several days.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed until you are prepared to use them.
  • Have your heating system checked annually.
  • Close heating registers in seldom used rooms.
  • Only use water when necessary while doing dishes, washing up, brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Taking short showers instead of baths.
  • Wrap the hot water pipes coming out of your water heater with insulation.
  • Load dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers to capacity, without overloading.
  • Don't peek in the oven as you cook.