No-cost Savings Tips
- Adjust the thermostat. Adjust down in the winter, up in the summer and shut off when not in use. Even a few degrees can significantly reduce heating and air conditioning costs.
- Block direct sunlight in the summer. Close window coverings, or shade exposed windows with solar shade screens, reflective films, awnings or trees.
- Let the sunshine in in the winter. Take advantage of natural daylight to reduce lighting. Dim or turn off lights and signage during the day.
- Target your top opportunities to save energy and money with the online energy management tools you'll find in My Account.
- Get alerts. Use My Account to set up billing and energy use alerts by voice mail, email or text.
- View one-minute tip videos for more energy-saving ideas on cooling, weatherization, refrigerators, home electronics, indoor/outdoor lighting and pools.
- Power down. Turn off or set office equipment to power down when not in use. Turning off one computer and monitor nightly and on weekends can save up to $80 a year. Setting PCs, monitors and copiers to use sleep mode when not in use can help cut energy costs by up to 50 percent. Use power strips or unplug electronics such as DVRs, game consoles and TVs that draw power even when switched off.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater — 120° F is sufficient for most common uses. A 10° F reduction can save up to five percent on water heating costs.
Call 1-800-644-6133 for more information on saving energy.