At AG&E it’s all about saving you money. Boost your savings power by trying out these great energy savings tips.
HEATING & COOLING TIPS
• In the summer, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and use ceiling fans to increase comfort level.
• During the winter months, set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower.
• Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically. In the summer, program the thermostat to 82° while you are gone in and return it to 78° two hours before you get home. In the winter, set the temperature to 64 degrees when no one is home and increase it to 68 degrees two hours before your return.
• Check your central air conditioning/ heating system’s filter once a month, clean or replace as needed.
• Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units.
• When buying a new heating and cooling system, make sure it is properly sized. A unit that is too large for your home can use more energy than necessary. A properly sized system can save you $600 a year in heating and cooling costs.
• Installing new windows, doors, weather stripping, caulk and insulation can save you over 30% on heating and cooling costs.
• Install compact fluorescent light bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs. CFLs use 2/3 less energy than standard bulbs, saving you $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
• About 80% to 85% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water so try washing clothes in cold water only.
• Clean your dryer’s filter after each use. A clean dryer filter will allow your dryer to work more efficiently.
• Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. For each 10°F reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3% – 5% in energy costs.
• Insulate your water heater to save energy and money.
• Check door seals on refrigerators and freezers. Place a dollar bill in the door as you close it. If it does not hold firmly, the seal is worn and needs to be replaced
• Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
• Use ENERGY STAR® labeled products. A new refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR label will save you between $35 and $70 a year compared to the models designed 15 years ago.
• For more energy saving tips visit www.energysavers.gov