In the winter, it is recommended that you set your thermostat to 68 degrees during waking hours. When you go to bed or leave the house you should decrease the temperature a few degrees to keep your energy usage under control.
Check on food through the oven window instead of opening the door. Opening the oven decreases the temperature inside the oven by 25 degrees and extends cook time.
Keep your fridge placed away from ovens, microwaves and windows. Your fridge has to work 2x as hard if placed next to a heat source. Also, removing dust and dirt from your refrigerator condenser coils twice a year will also help you save $$.
Stop the breeze by insulating your windows to keep hot air inside during the winter (and cool air inside during the summer). At the very least, hang some curtains. Curtains keep the sun from increasing the inside temp.
In winter, run ceiling fans on low blowing air up (button up) – but only when you’re home. In the summer, turn your ceiling fan on medium so that it’s pushing air down, then raise the thermostat temperature by 4 degrees.
Wait to run your dishwasher until it is full and when it is hot outside only run it at night. Night time cycles keep from adding extra heat in the house during parts of the day that are already too hot.
During the summer, wash your laundry in cold water, then air dry your laundry – put that shower curtain bar to good use.
Regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters to save the most on home cooling. Have your AC inspected by a professional at the start of summer and winter. Making sure your unit is in good shape ensures its performance is optimal.