Energy Saving Tips
More New Yorkers than ever are interested in saving energy—especially when that means saving money. Cutting back on your everyday energy use is an easy way to add to your budget each month and help preserve the planet at the same time. You'll find a number of resources here to get started, including information on making your home energy do more for less, tips on exploring green energy, a guide to switching electricity companies and simple tips for using less energy.
Congratulations on your decision to take control of your home energy. Take advantage of the tips listed below to help lower your energy costs and improve your everyday usage.
Save Energy: Tips for Heating and Cooling
- Use an automated thermostat and keep settings at 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter.
- Take advantage of green technologies when possible, including ENERGY STAR air conditioners and geothermal heat pumps.
- Maintain air conditioning ducts—check for leaks and replace your air filters regularly.
- Caulk joints, windows and doors to prevent air loss.
- Make sure windows are up to date and optimized for your environment.
- Keep shades open in winter to save on lighting. During summer, save on air conditioning by blocking sun with blinds and tinted glass.
- Cover your floors to improve heat retention.
- Avoid placing heat-generating devices such as TVs near your thermostat. Keep outside AC units shaded and clear of debris.
- Clean air conditioner condenser and evaporator coils at the beginning of summer.
- Get your air conditioning and heating systems professionally serviced each year.
- Use insulation in attics, garages and other areas exposed to external temperatures.
How to Reduce Energy Usage
- First and foremost: Turn off the lights when you leave the room!
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs) to reduce energy usage/costs.
- Running a fan does not lower the room temperatures while you are away, so turn it off when you leave.
- Use ENERGY STAR-approved appliances whenever possible.
- Use power strips and/or unplug devices when not in use.
- Keep your refrigerator at an appropriate temperature near 38°F, and keep freezer temperatures around 0°F.
- Replace refrigerator door seals that no longer close tightly.
- Regularly clean refrigerator coils (located under or behind your unit) for efficiency.
- Air dry clothes or dishes when it is an option.
- Clean your dryer's lint filter before (or after) every load.
- Use the oven to finish cooking foods pre-heated in the microwave.
Reduce Hot Water Costs
- Set the water heater thermostat at 120°F when home.
- Use the "vacation" setting on your water heater when you are away.
- Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Use cold water for laundry.