Usage and Safety 
living areas

Try these low- or no-cost tips to boost your household’s energy efficiency:

Heating Your Living Areas

  • Set your thermostat at 65° during the day to reduce your heating use by as much as 15%.
  • Lower your thermostat at night either manually or automatically with a setback thermostat.
  • Weather-strip windows near your thermostat and keep them tightly closed. A cold draft across the thermostat will turn your heating system on unnecessarily.
  • Keep heating supply and return registers and radiators clean and unobstructed by furniture and draperies.
  • Close all heat registers in unused rooms. (CAUTION: To protect pipes in these rooms, make sure the temperature stays above freezing.)
  • Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
  • To keep air from leaking under a door, roll up a small rug and place it across the bottom of the doorway.
  • Open draperies on south-facing windows during the day to let in free heat from the sun and close them at night or on cloudy days to keep the heat in.


Cooling Your Living Areas

  • Set your air conditioning thermostat at 78° or higher during the cooling season. Each degree above 75° saves you 3% of the energy used to cool your home.
  • When using air conditioning, only cool the rooms you need. Close doors to other rooms.
  • Turn your air conditioner off when you leave home.
  • Help keep your home and yourself cool by using natural ventilation and wearing light clothing.
  • Close your draperies and shades on hot, sunny days to reduce solar heat build-up.
  • Close windows and doors during the hottest parts of the day.


Lights and Appliances

  • Turn off unused lights, stereos, televisions, computers, etc.
  • During the day, use as few lights as necessary. Let daylight do the work.
  • Keep light bulbs and shades dust-free. Dust absorbs light.
  • Paint walls and ceilings light colors which reflect rather than absorb light, reducing the need for extra lighting.
  • Use three-way bulbs where possible and choose the wattage or amount of light for your needs.
  • Use a concentrated light for tasks like reading, sewing or cooking.
  • Consider replacing incandescent bulbs with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).
  • Use LEDs or CFLs rather than incandescent fixtures and bulbs where possible. CFLs and LEDs are three to four times more energy efficient.
  • With incandescent lighting, use one high-wattage bulb rather than several low-wattage bulbs. Replace on-off switches with solid-state dimmer switches to better control lighting and efficiency.

 
 

did you know?

If you set your air conditioning thermostat at 78° or higher during the cooling season,
each degree above 75° saves you 3% of the energy used to cool your home.