Summer + Winter Tips

Energy bills often soar in the summer and winter months. Why? Because heating and cooling systems are the largest power users in most homes—accounting for more than half of the typical home’s power use.

First, make sure you’re using our tips for energy efficiency any time of the year. Then follow these simple steps to save energy and money, whether it’s a sweltering summer or a frigid winter.

Tips for Summer

  • Keep curtains closed during the day on the south, west, and east sides of the house to block sunlight and keep cool.
  • Set your thermostat between 75°-78°F, and raise it higher when no one’s home. Don’t pay to keep your furniture cool.
  • Use the microwave—it cooks faster and doesn’t create as much heat as the stovetop.
  • Plant a tree. Shade trees on the south or southwest side of your home will keep it cooler.

Tips for Winter

  • Set your thermostat to 68°F. Turn it down even more when no one is home for several days.
  • Keep curtains open on the south side of the house and closed on the north during the day to trap the warming sunlight.
  • Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use. Don’t send warm air up the chimney.
  • Use area rugs if you have hardwood or tile floors to keep your feet warm.

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