Seasonal Top Ten Energy Saving Tips
Our seasonal top ten home energy-saving tips are listed below. On the left are links to our complete collection of energy-saving tips. Click on any of these for more helpful tips on saving energy in your home.
Summer Top Ten Energy Saving Tips
- A new, high efficiency, 13 SEER air conditioner uses about half the energy of a 15-year-old air conditioner. If your air conditioner is 10 to 15 years old or older or needs substantial repairs, consider replacing it with a new, high efficiency system.
- During peak cooling hours, solar heat coming through un-shaded windows can account for one-third of the load on your air conditioner. Close the drapes on the sunny side of your home while you are there, or close all window coverings if you are leaving for the day.
- Install the proper amount of insulation in exterior walls, roofs and ceilings. If you currently have no insulation in one of these areas, installing insulation will cut your energy bills dramatically.
- Cool air ducts in a 120 degree Fahrenheit attic in the summertime need to be fully buried under 6 inches of insulation. Otherwise, heat absorbed by exposed attic ducts can add 20 to 40 percent to your bills.
- Turn air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting. We recommend 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you're home and 80 degrees while you are away. Adjusting your thermostat up a few degrees will have a significant impact on your cooling bill.
- Clean or replace your air conditioning filter monthly, or as needed.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs that give off less heat. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
- Humidity is a significant load on an air conditioner. While it’s tempting to give your air conditioner a rest on cool nights, watch the weather forecast before you decide to open the windows at night. If tomorrow is going to be hot again, keep the air conditioning on and the home closed through the night to keep the humidity out of the house.
- If you are purchasing a new air conditioner, consider buying a heat pump instead and adding it to your electric, gas or oil furnace to take advantage of a “dual fuel” heating system. The electric heat pump will not only serve as your new energy efficient air conditioner but it will also heat your home for much less than your existing furnace next winter.
- A new ENERGY STAR®* refrigerator uses approximately one-third less energy than a 15 year-old model. Refrain from leaving your old refrigerator plugged in as a back-up.
*ENERGY STAR® is owned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is not affiliated with Duke Energy Corporation.