Practical Energy Saving Tips
Get the most from your hard-earned energy dollars. Most of these tips will cost you nothing except a change in lifestyle habits.
Ensure proper airflow
Insulate ducts, change furnace filters and make sure vents and ducts flow freely.
Set your thermostat between 65˚ F and 70˚ F during the winter and 58˚ F when away from the house for four or more hours. A properly humidified home can be as comfortable at 65 degrees F as a dry one at 72 degrees F. A setback thermostat can reduce gas consumption by automatically adjusting itself according to your lifestyle. For homes with elderly people or children, warmer temperatures are recommended.
Install an automatic setback thermostat
This can be a good investment in homes heated and cooled with forced-air systems. Once programmed, it will automatically adjust the temperature settings for you.
Conserve water, while saving money and energy
Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees F to reduce your
heating bills, install low-flow showerheads and replace faucet washers,
and take quick showers instead of baths.
When doing laundry...
Use cold water in your wash and rinse cycles. And, always run full
loads of laundry instead of washing a few pieces of clothing at a time.
Check your dishwasher's setting
Some dishwashers offer a water-saving setting or an energy-saving
drying option. Check to see if your dishwasher has these options and
start using yours today!
Use your drapes.
Close drapes on hot summer days to keep the heat outside. On
winter days leave them open to absorb sunlight. Always close drapes at
night to keep your home's heat inside.
Use caulk and weather stripping
Both caulk and weather stripping offer inexpensive and efficient
ways to lower your heating bill. They can keep out wind, moisture, dust,
Insulate your home
For an effective energy-saving investment, and for the greatest
energy savings, consider adding insulation. Ceiling insulation can save
up to 30 percent on fuel bills, depending on the R-value. Contact a
qualified insulation contractor for costs on insulating ceilings, walls,
and floor spaces.
Have your furnace serviced once a year
A tune-up inspection for your natural gas furnace is the best way to ensure your furnace is at peak operating efficiency.
All of the above are helpful ideas you can do around your home to
lower your gas bill. Additional tips and ideas on conserving energy can
be found on our Energy Conservation Brochure.
Further information on additional savings through cash rebates
offered on high-efficiency natural gas equipment and measures can be
found through Cascade's Conservation Programs.