Energy Saving Tips

10 inexpensive ways to make your home more energy efficient

Air Filter

Make it easier to remember to change your air conditioner’s filter every month by installing a “filter whistle” that will let you know when it’s time for a change.


Home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, use energy even when you turn them off. Connect them to power strips and turn those off instead to save energy.


Seal and insulate your ductwork and repair any air leaks to make sure the heated or cooled air makes it to your rooms.


Save water and the energy it takes to heat it by installing aerating, lowflow faucets and shower heads and repairing leaky faucets.

Water Heater

Wrap your water heater with insulation or install an insulating blanket, and add pipe insulation to the first 5 feet of water pipe coming from your water heater.


Install an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat and set it to 78°F for cooling and 68°F for heating. Program it to raise or lower the temperature when you are away.


Stop air leaks by caulking and weatherstripping around your windows and doors. And don’t forget to check for-and seal-any gaps in your floors and walls around pipes or electrical wiring.


Keep your heat or air conditioning inside by adding insulation to your attic, crawl space and accessible exterior walls. Don’t forget exterior light switches and electrical outlets – insulating seals will stop air leaks there.


If you’re replacing an appliance, be sure to choose a new efficient one that has the ENERGY STAR® label.


Upgrade your lighting by replacing incandescent or CFL bulbs with LEDs.

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