Energy saving tips
Energy saving tips
Stay warm, shift and reduce your energy use this fall and winter with these simple tips from Duke Energy.
No-sweat advice for heating your home
- Change your filter
A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder and use more energy. Replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one – they can last up to five years. Don’t forget: changing your filters can cut down on dust around the house.
- The right temperature at the right time.
You can save around 10 percent a year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. Think about installing a programmable thermostat which will allow you to automatically set specific temperatures so you can shift energy away from the on-peak times you have chosen to less expensive off-peak times.
- Let a fan give you a hand
The ceiling fans in your home are a great way to help you stay warm in the winter. Simply set the fans to operate in a clockwise direction. This will push warm air collecting near the ceiling, back down into the room.
Keep your head above water
- Timing is everything
Remember to wash your clothes only during the off-peak times you have chosen or during weekends when it is always off-peak.
- Clean in the cold
Ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating the water. Consider using the cold water setting next time you do laundry. Your regular detergent should work just fine, or you may want to try detergents designed especially for cold water use.
- Rinse before you load
As much as 80 percent of the energy your dishwasher uses goes to heat water. So, try turning off the "pre-rinse" option and instead rinse your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher. Also, run the dishwasher when it’s full and during off-peak times.
- Shower Power
Remember the on-peak times you have selected and refrain from taking a shower during that time frame if possible. Install a low-flow shower head. These shower heads typically use 15 gallons of water during a 10 minute shower compared to a bath that can use up to 25 gallons of water.
Food for thought
- Cooking up a deal
Try to do most of your cooking in the microwave or on top of the range instead of in the oven during on-peak times to save energy and money.
- Recycle and save
You can save money on your energy bill by letting Duke Energy haul that old spare refrigerator or freezer away for FREE, and, you receive a $30 check from Duke Energy. Check out Duke Energy’s Appliance Recycling program
More power to you
- Brighter isn’t always better
Some newer TVs are automatically configured for "store" mode, which is a brighter, high-energy mode set by manufacturers prior to shipping. Try out the "home" setting for a better picture, longer TV life and energy savings of up to 30 percent.
- Take a bite out of energy
"Energy vampires" loom in and around your home. Devices like your cell phone charger, gaming system and power strips use energy – unplug them when you’re not using them. Also change the way you use other equipment-- if you don’t think you’ll use your computer for a while, shut it down and only turn on your printer when needed.
- Smart $aver® incentives
Duke Energy’s Smart $aver® Program offers you ways to save money, improve the comfort of your home and become more energy efficient. Incentives include up to $625 on a new heat pump or central air conditioner, a heat pump or central air tune-up worth a $50 incentive, and insulation and seal incentives worth $75-$250.