Save Energy at Home
As you do your part to stop the coronavirus spread, you’ll be at home more than usual. This means higher energy use that will be reflected on your electric bill.
Your heating and cooling system is the largest energy user:
- Change filters at recommended intervals.
- Make sure inside vents are not obstructed by rugs or furniture.
- Keep items or debris away from the outdoor unit.
- When heating, set the thermostat to a lower temperature and wear extra clothes. When cooling, set the temperature higher and use ceiling fans.
- Open the blinds in the winter and close the blinds in the summer.
- Limit door and window openings when running the system.
Next comes the water heater:
- Fix all leaks and drips.
- Don’t let hot water run needlessly.
- Insulate hot water pipes.
- If your water heater is warm to the touch, consider wrapping it in an insulating blanket.
- Lower the water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees.
- Make sure all lighting is LED.
- Turn lights, appliances and electronics off when not in use.
- Only run the washer, dryer and dishwasher when full.
- When air conditioning, shift use of heat-producing appliances away from the hot part of the day.