Utility Savings Tips
INSTALL A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
Don’t pay for warm air that you aren’t using. By installing and setting a programmable thermostat, you can save money on your energy bills–lowering your thermostat 10-15 degrees for 8 hours can save 5-15 percent a year on heating bills.
PREPARE WINDOWS FOR WINTER
Weatherizing your windows can reduce drafts and installing storm windows can cut heat loss through your windows by 25-50 percent. Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
LOWER WATER HEATING COSTS
Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of the water heater to the warm setting (120 F).