Conserving energy saves you money and helps keep our planet clean by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) encourages you to follow the tips below to improve energy efficiency in your home—everyday and throughout the seasons.

  • Turn off and unplug all electronics and appliances not in use, including TVs, DVD players, computers, phone chargers, coffee makers, etc. 
  • Wash full loads of laundry using cold water. Because water heating makes up about 90 percent of energy used by laundry machines, using cold water will decrease energy use significantly.   
  • Always dry full loads of laundry in your dryer and, whenever possible, dry several loads consecutively; using your dryer back-to-back saves energy because the dryer doesn’t have to warm up each time. 
  • Clean the lint trap in your dryer before you press start and add a tennis ball or clean, dry towel to improve air circulation and reduce drying time. 
  • Don’t leave hot water running; turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, shaving or doing dishes. 
  • Install energy-saving showerheads, faucets and flow restrictors.
  • Use smart power strips and turn off the power strip during a long period of inactivity.
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80 percent less electricity and last 3 to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.
  • On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
  • Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent.
  • On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.
  • Wait until cooler times of the day to do tasks that make your house warmer, including laundry and cooking.
  • Minimize dryer use; let your clothes air dry by hanging them outside. 
  • Open your windows and let cooler air flow into your home in the morning and at night. Cover your windows during the day to block the hot sun.
  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.
  • Turn down your heater when using your fireplace. When you’re not using it, close the damper to prevent cold air from entering.
  • Open your curtains and blinds during the daytime to take advantage of the greenhouse effect and allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
  • When you’re at home, set the furnace thermostat at 68°F or lower, health permitting. Three to five percent more energy is used for each degree the furnace is set above 68°F.
  • When you leave the house, set the thermostat to 56°F. By turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours; you can save 5-15 percent a year on your heating bill.
  • Seal air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  • Add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows.