October 5, 2018

Tips to Save Energy in Honor of Energy Efficiency Day

Annual Energy Efficiency Day Urges Americans to “Save Energy. Save Money.”


October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day, a collaborative effort between regional and national organizations, business, utilities, and individuals working to promote energy efficiency. In honor of Energy Efficiency Day, Efficiency Smart offers the following tips to help save energy and money during the colder months of the year.

  • Make the switch to LEDs: You can save $15 annually by replacing your most frequently used lightbulb with an ENERGY STAR® certified LED, or by just turning off one 60-watt incandescent lightbulb that would otherwise burn for eight hours a day. Start by switching out your most frequently used light bulbs to LEDs, and change the rest as they burn out.
  • Seal leaks: Caulk around windows and door frames, use weather stripping on exterior doors, and have a professional seal gaps where air can travel between the attic and your living space.
  • Heat efficiently: Install an advanced thermostat, which can automatically adjust your home’s heating setpoint to decrease when you are away or asleep, and increase it when you are returning home or after you wake up. Reduce or eliminate the use of space heaters and electric resistance heating, as these are some of the least efficient ways to keep your home warm.
  • Maintain your HVAC system: Clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money.
  • Look for the Energy Star® label: Available across more than 70 product categories, the ENERGY STAR label makes it easy to find products that have been independently certified to use less energy. Save even more with Efficiency Smart’s residential product rebates
  • Check your water heater’s temperature setting: If your water heater’s thermostat lists temperatures, set its temperature between 120 and 125 degrees for safety and efficiency.
  • Clean your clothes efficiently: Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. Water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes.
  • Dry your clothes efficiently: Use the sensor drying mode instead of time drying if your clothes dryer has this feature. This will save energy by turning the unit off once the clothes are dry, and prevent over-drying, which can damage clothes. Make sure to clean lint from the exhaust hose and trap as well.
  • Use a smart power strip:  Many electronics continue to use power, even when they are turned off. Plug electronics such as your television, video game systems, and desktop computers into a smart power strip. Smart power strips turn off devices that are plugged into them when they are not in use and help save you energy.
  • Take advantage of the sun: Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

Efficiency Smart offers business and residential energy efficiency services to customers of participating municipal electric systems. More information about the services and financial incentives available through Efficiency Smart can be found at www.efficiencysmart.org or by calling 877-889-3777.

To learn more about Energy Efficiency Day, visit www.energyefficiencyday.org