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.

  • 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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