Unless high temperature levels are required by code, set water heater temperatures to 120o. Each 10 degree Fahrenheit reduction in water temperature will generally save three to five percent on water heating costs (No Cost Action)
- Turn off lights and equipment when not in use (No Cost Action)
- Use solar lighting to illuminate gardens and pathways.
- Install timers on holiday lighting, and humidfiers/dehumidfiers.
- Replace the most frequently used light bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent bulbs. Just one CFL will save at least $30 over the lifetime of the bulb.
- Use programmable thermostats (No / Low Cost Actions) 72 in summer; 68 in winter; program setbacks even further when areas are unoccupied.
- Plant shade trees on south and west sides of the house, to cool in the summer and protect in winter. Plant shrubs around the foundation. Shade the air conditioning unit.
- Have A/C unit inspected and tuned-up every 3 years. Without regular cleaning & maintenance, an A/C unit can lose up to 5% of its original efficiency for each year of operation. SBU offers $35 rebate toward a professional service inspection and tune-up.
- Purchase energy efficient appliance and replace older inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances. (Moderate / High Cost Action)
- Monitor monthly energy bills (No Cost Action)
- Weather-strip windows, doors, attic door. Caulk around exterior doors. Close damper on fireplace. Close drapes at night.
- Insulate attic spaces with at least 12" of insulation. R value=38, R value=50 for electrically heated home.
- Walk or bike to work, car-pool, in-town use a mo-ped or scooter.
- Volunteer to help elderly neighbors weatherproof their homes.
- Share meals with neighbors.
- Hold events/parties outside whenever possible.
Red= Summer tip Black= Year round tip Blue= Winter tip