There are many little things you can do to help keep your energy costs down.
- Make sure the registers and vents for your heating and cooling system aren't obstructed by furniture or other objects.
- Clean or replace the air filter in your heating/cooling system regularly (monthly in most cases) to help it run efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically coordinate indoor climates with daily and weekend patterns.
- Keep the lint trap and vent hose on your clothes dryer clean. Wash clothes in cold water when possible, and do laundry in large loads.
- Do full loads when using the dishwasher.
- Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.
- Dress in layers when it's cool and throw an extra blanket on the bed so you can turn the thermostat down a few more degrees. When it's cool, set your thermostat at the lowest setting that still feels comfortable. Each degree above 68 degrees adds about 5 percent to your heating bill.