Heating and cooling

Consumers spend roughly 56% of their total energy costs on heating and cooling. Here are some tips for controlling your heating and air conditioning usage:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees F in summer, 68 degrees F in winter.
  • Close shades and drapes at night to keep heat in winter. Open during the day to let heat in.
  • In summer, close drapes and shades during the day to keep solar heat out.
  • Run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down in summer.
  • Change HVAC filters monthly.
  • When heating or cooling, keep windows locked.
  • Insulate electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads.
  • Caulk along baseboards with a clear sealant.
  • For more tips download the Home Energy Savings Guide (.pdf) and 101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money (.pdf).

Information courtesy Touchstone Energy $avers.