25 Simple Energy Efficiency Tips

Making your home energy efficient may seem daunting, but here are 25 simple tips to help you get started saving money and conserving energy in your home.

  1. Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes.
  2. Install low-flow shower heads.
  3. Repair dripping faucets.
  4. Select the cold-water cycle when washing clothes.
  5. Clean your dryer’s lint trap before each use.
  6. Line dry clothes instead of using a clothes dryer.
  7. Set the refrigerator temperature to 34 degrees to 37 degrees Fahrenheit and freeze temperature to 0 degrees to -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Use a microwave for cooking when possible.
  9. Put lids on pots to help food cook faster when cooking on a range.
  10. Use hot water instead of cold water when used for cooking.
  11. Simmer foods in a slow cooker instead of on the stove.
  12. Choose the air-dry cycle instead of heat-dry cycle on your dishwasher.
  13. Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour a day with its compact fluorescent bulb equivalent.
  14. Turn off computers and monitors when not in use.
  15. Unplug battery chargers when not in use.
  16. Purchase new or replace old appliances with ones that are ENERGY STAR® approved.
  17. Set thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
  18. Change HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) filters monthly.
  19. When installing new air filters, make sure they are facing the correct direction (look for the arrow on the side of the filter.
  20. Close fireplace dampers when not burning a fire.
  21. Do not close supply air registers and vents.
  22. Weather strip windows and doors properly.
  23. Insulate your attic door access.
  24. Minimize use of electric space heaters.
  25. Always operate your HVAC system fan on “auto” to use less electricity and increase your air conditioner’s ability to remove moisture.