10. Change habits to conserve energy, like turning off the lights when you leave a room.
9. Understand how your home uses energy.
8. Insulate your house.
7. Weatherize your house. Seal leaks with:
- Caulk between materials that DON’T move, like around the chimney and outdoor overhangs.
- Weather stripping around pieces that DO move, like windows and doors.
6. Reduce leaks in ducts.
5. Reduce heating usage in the winter.
- Set your thermostat to 70° or lower when home and lower when you are asleep or away.
4. Reduce air conditioning usage in the summer.
- Set your thermostat to a temperature that is as high as you can tolerate. The recommended setting is 78° or higher when you are home and higher when you are asleep or away.
3. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Replace air filters every month.
- Upgrade your system - higher efficiency central air conditioners use about 14% less energy. Receive up to $1,000 in rebates on a new energy-efficient air conditioner or heat pump and save about $150 in energy costs each year.
2. Replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® models.
- Household appliances account for about 11% of the average home electric bill.
- ENERGY STAR appliances use 10-20% less energy than standard appliances. This helps save money and the environment.
- Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified products.
1. Change to energy efficient light bulbs.
- Lighting makes up about 5% of your home's energy usage.
- LED bulbs use 70-90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer.
- Discounted LEDs are available at area retailers in the Miami Valley. Save up to $80 in energy costs over the life of each bulb.