A small shift in how you use energy can make a big difference
Save: Whether it’s clothes or dishes, always run full loads to save energy.
Save: Invest in ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to save energy.
Shift: Adjust your thermostat 1 to 3 degrees at peak times to help avoid energy spikes.
Save: Instead of sleep mode, turn off game systems when you’re done to save more energy.
Shift: To help reduce energy spikes, run your dishwasher after 10 p.m.
Shift: Do your laundry on weekends, or before or after peak weekday times, to reduce energy spikes.
There are a lot of small choices you make every day that you hardly notice but make a huge difference in the lives of others. Choices like holding the elevator door open or letting a frazzled parent check out in front of you at the store. Making small changes in when and how you use energy makes a big difference, too. Especially the choices you make during the mornings and evenings, when energy use spikes. During these times, if you were to shift some of your energy use a little earlier or a little later, you’d help reduce those energy spikes. And with fewer spikes, we can keep prices low and use more renewable energy.
- Save: Whether it’s clothes or dishes, always run full loads to save energy.
- Save: Instead of sleep mode, turn off game systems when you’re done to save more energy.
- Save: Invest in ENERGY STAR® certified appliances to save energy.
- Shift: To help reduce energy spikes, run your dishwasher after 10 p.m.
- Save: Lowering your water heater temperature adds safety and savings.
- Shift and save: You’ll hardly notice the small changes that make a big difference.
- Save: Use smart strips to power computers and electronic equipment to reduce energy use.
- Shift: Adjust your thermostat 1 to 3 degrees at peak times to help avoid energy spikes.
- Shift: Reduce the use of your stove and oven during peak times.
- Shift: Do your laundry on weekends, or before or after peak weekday times, to reduce energy spikes.
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Keeping cool and comfortable on hot summer days doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 15 of our favorite summer tips to save energy and money.
Keep the heat out
- Close curtains or blinds on sun-facing windows during the day.
- Run heat-generating appliances such as ovens, stovetops, dishwashers and clothes dryers at night or in the early morning.
- Grill outside or microwave for cooler cooking.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs. They don’t emit heat like regular bulbs and use up to 85% less energy.
Take advantage of cooler outdoor air
- Open windows during cooler nights and mornings (make sure open windows are safe for children and pets), and use a fan to draw cool air in.
- When it gets to 75 degrees out, close windows, doors and window coverings to keep cool air in.
- Run a portable window fan instead of an AC unit at night — in an average home, you could save up to $32 a month.
What you measure, you can manage
- Use our free online Energy TrackerSM tool to track your electricity use by hour, day or more.
- Set up text or email notifications to get weekly estimated bill amounts, mid-month high-bill alerts and more.
Practice thermostat control
- Set central air thermostats to 76 instead of 70 degrees to save about $13 a month.
- Turning AC on and off a lot can make it work harder and less efficiently. Use these rules:
- Set the thermostat 10 degrees higher than normal if you’re going away for more than half the day.
- Turn it off if you’re leaving for longer than a day.
- Upgrade to a smart thermostat. They make saving energy automatic season after season.
- If you have room air conditioners, don’t cool unused rooms.
- Use fans instead of air conditioning when you can.
- Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so only run fans when someone’s there or you’re drawing in cooler overnight air.
Get more tips on how to stay cool for less.