Energy Saving Tips for Common Components


A/C Tips

Surviving a hot summer often means running your air conditioning regularly, and keeping your home cool all summer can be costly. Follow our A/C energy saving tips to save on air conditioning costs and be more energy efficient:

  • Raise your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are away for eight hours or longer. You will save approximately three percent on your cooling costs for every degree you raise your thermostat,.
  • Be sure to clean or replace filters on a regular basis. Clogged filters block air flow, which can increase your A/C’s energy consumption by five to 15 percent.
  • Keep your window shades or curtains down during the day to keep sunlight blocked when the air conditioning is running. Sunny days can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
  • Use an interior fan to spread the cool air without having to increase the power used by your A/C unit.


Heating Tips

According to energy.gov, home heating and cooling expenses account for more than half of a home’s utility costs. Ensuring that you have energy efficient heating in your home can provide significant savings on your monthly energy bills. Follow our energy efficiency tips on how to save on heating costs to ensure your entire home is prepped and ready for winter.

  • Set your thermostat as low as possible to maintain a comfortable temperature during the day when you are awake, generally between 65 to 70 degrees. If you have a heat pump, make sure to slowly increase the temperature to avoid running the emergency heat.
  • Adjust your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees lower (to around 58 to 55 degrees) at night or when away from home for several hours. Making these adjustments can shave off about 10 percent of your heating costs annually.
  • Make your home heating more efficient by sealing off your home and using the sun to your advantage.

     

  • Capture natural heat from the sun by opening any curtains on south-facing windows during the day, then close them at night to reduce the chill. You can also follow our advice on energy saving tips for winter for additional ideas.

  • You can also take control of your home heating bill by making sure you have the best natural gas plan available. Dominion Energy Solutions is an industry expert that offers protection from price increases. To get started, see what’s available in your area.


Appliance Tips

Your appliances account for a significant portion of your energy bill, about 13 percent, according to energy.gov. Your refrigerator, stove/oven and laundry equipment are the biggest electricity users among common household appliances. Below are several energy saving ideas to cut your usage and save you money on your monthly bills.

  • If you are in the market for new appliances, choose ENERGY STAR® certified products. With advanced technology, these appliances use about ten to 15 percent less energy than their standard counterparts.
    Although the price tag may be higher, the savings on your monthly electric bill and in your long term energy costs are substantial. In fact, energy.gov estimates that energy-efficient appliances save nearly $750 during their lifetime (most household appliances last 10 to 20 years).
  • Little known fact: washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than the dishwasher.
  • If your dishwasher has a booster heater setting, adjust your water heater thermostat setting to 120 degrees.
  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water instead of hot. Most of the energy used to wash clothes is spent on heating the water. 
  • Air-dry clothes on a rack or clothes line whenever possible.
  • Ensure that your refrigerator door closes tightly. A door leak will cause the unit to work harder to keep your food cold. Clean or repair your seal if air is escaping.
  • Set your refrigerator to 36 to 38 degrees and your freezer to zero to five degrees for maximum efficiency.
  • Consider a manual defrost refrigerator; it uses 36 percent less energy than an automatic defrost.