Energy Saving Tips

Below are some simple energy saving tips for a home or business.

 

If you need additional help, Southwest Electric can get you started with a home energy audit.   These are available free of charge to our Members.  Click here for more information.

 

For more tips, visit the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency website.

Some common energy myths explained.  These could save you money on your electric utility bill. Focus small to save big.

  • Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors to stop air leaks
  • Seal gaps in floors and walls around pipes and electrical wiring
  • Change air filters monthly
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED
  • Tune-up your heating and cooling system annually to keep it running as efficiently as possible
  • Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks
  • Add insulation to your attic, crawl space and any accessible exterior walls
  • Wrap your water heater with insulation or install an insulating blanket
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing large or small appliances
  • Use power strips for home electronics and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use
  • Replace worn-out seals on your refrigerator and freezer
  • Reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for the rinse cycle in your washer
  • Turn off lights, televisions and other appliances when not in use
  • Clean refrigerator coils regularly to keep compressor running efficiently
  • Set the refrigerator temperature at 36° to 39° F and freezer at 0° to 5° F
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat drying option
  • Keep all windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly
  • Keep heat sources such as lamps and appliances away from your thermostat
  • Consider replacing your older model refrigerator, especially if it’s over 10 years old, with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator
  • Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris or weeds
  • Turn off outdoor lighting during the day.
  • Keep your freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door

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