Year Round Energy Savings
When the weather changes each season, your home’s energy efficiency changes, too. And while you may not be able to do all energy-saving steps at once, you can tackle a few tasks each season. Follow our energy-saving checklist to stay on track.
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter. As a rule of thumb, your heating cost will increase three percent for each degree above 68 degrees.
- When buying new appliances or electronics, purchase ENERGY STAR®-certified products, which are more energy efficient than standard products. According to ENERGY STAR®, a certified full-sized electric dryer will save you $200 in energy bills over the life of the product. Visit energystar.gov for more energy-saving product comparisons.
- Perform an energy evaluation to give you information on where your house may be losing energy and what you can do to save money. Jackson EMC offers professional home energy evaluations with a representative visiting your house. Or, you can use our DIY Home Checkup Kit. Visit jacksonemc.com/savenow for details.
- Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs. By replacing five of your home’s most frequently used light bulbs with ENERGY-STAR®-certified bulbs, you can save up to $45 each year.
- Check the condition of your water heater, including keeping the temperature set to an energy-efficient 120 degrees. Typically, a water heater accounts for 14 percent of a home’s annual energy costs.
- Start using ceiling fans, so people in rooms feel cooler.
- Close blinds and drapes over windows to block the sun’s ray from heating your home in the summer.
- Wash dishes and clothes in the early morning or evening. By doing these chores during cooler times of the day, you’ll reduce the heat and humidity appliances can produce.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer. Lower settings will increase operating costs approximately five percent for every degree below 78 degrees. Installing a programmable thermostat can save your as much as 10% on energy costs every year.
- Inspect windows, doors and attic entryways for air leaks, and gaps in caulking and weather stripping. These small gaps and cracks can cause heated or cooled air from your home to escape, which, in turn, causes your energy costs to rise.
- Ensure your electric devices are connected to a power strip and turn it off when the devices aren’t being used. These “energy vampires” can drain energy when the devices are plugged in, but not being used. Energy vampires could cost the average household up to $100-$200 a year.
- Decorate with LED holiday lights, which save energy and are more durable than traditional lightbulbs. The energy cost to use an incandescent string of holiday lights for 12 hours each day for 40 days is $10, but the energy cost for LED string lights is $0.27, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Every 1-2 Months
- Change your HVAC system’s air filters.
Every 6 Months
- Hire a trained professional to perform routine maintenance of your heating and air conditioning system.