7 Habits of Highly Energy-Efficient People
Think Energy Smart
July 01, 2013
With the heat of summer and air conditioners in high gear, it pays to focus on habits that can help lower your energy costs. Making just a few simple changes to your everyday routine can mean substantial savings on your utility bill.
Here are seven key habits that can help reduce your cooling costs:
- Adjust thermostats: Set the air conditioning (AC) thermostat to at least 78 degrees and even higher when you're away from home. Setting the AC at 70 degrees rather than 78 degrees can double your operating cost!
- Choose the right AC fan setting: Make sure the air conditioning fan is set to "AUTO" not "ON" so the fan does not run continuously.
- Close shades, drapes and blinds during the day. This will help keep the house a lot cooler.
- Use fans instead of or in conjunction with the air conditioner. Your central air conditioner will use about 50 times more energy than a fan at medium speed. Just make sure the fans are breezing downward, not upward, for best results.
- Change air filters. Change filters monthly during periods of heavy air conditioning (AC) use. Dusty air filters will make your air conditioner work longer and harder to maintain the set temperature.
- Limit cooking in the oven or on the range. Cook in the microwave or on an outdoor grill as much as possible. When the oven is not on, the AC will not have to run nonstop to cool the kitchen. A microwave cooks twice as fast and doesn't heat the kitchen.
- Schedule a free home energy audit. to identify low-cost and no-cost ways to make your home or business more energy efficient. The audit includes an on-site structural analysis for energy efficiency, an evaluation of energy-saving appliances, conservation tips and a free e+ Starter Kit.
For even greater savings, take advantage of the City of Tallahassee Utilities' many e+ products and services, such as ceiling insulation grants, loans and ENERGY STAR and natural gas appliance rebates.