Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder temperature when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home faster and could lead to excessive cooling and an unnecessary expense. Earn up to $110 when you enroll a wifi-enabled thermostat with Con Edison.
Tune up your heating and cooling systems each year. Heating and cooling your home can account for up to 50% of your energy use. Clean or replace filters once a month or as recommended. Receive a $30 rebate from Con Edison when you buy an Energy Star room AC. Upgrade your HVAC system and receive up to $1,000 in rebates.
Reduce water heating costs. Set your water heating temperature to 120°. For gas water heaters the control is usually on the outside and behind the access panel on electric water heaters (shut electricity off before removing the panel).
Open and close window curtains based on the season. On summer days, close curtains to block the hot sun. In the winter, open curtains during the day to let the sun’s warmth inside.
Reduce your homes phantom load. This is when a device is turned off but still consumes electricity when plugged into an outlet. To avoid this, unplug electronics when not in use or use a smart power strip. Check out some options on the Con Edison Marketplace.
Clean dishes well. Scrape off large food pieces, don’t rinse. Soaking or prewashing is only needed when food is burned or caked on. Be sure to run your dishwasher only when it’s a full load.
Dishwasher made before 1994? If so, you are paying an additional $35 a year on your electric bill than if you had a new, ENERGY STAR® certified one. Check out the Con Edison Marketplace for more efficient models and get a $50 rebate.
Ensure your refrigerator door seals airtight. Test them by closing the refrigerator door with a dollar bill sticking halfway out. If you can pull the bill out easily, the seal may need replacing. Or consider upgrading to a new CEE Tier II or III certified fridge and receive a $75 rebate.
Remove lint from your dryer. Use the long nozzle part of your vacuum to clean the lint that collects in the screen slot of your clothes dryer.
Is your clothes washer over 10 years old? It’s costing you, on average $210 a year. Consider buying a new, energy-efficient one. Look for ENERGY STAR® models which use electricity and hot water more efficiently. Visit the Con Edison Marketplace today and get a $35 rebate.
FALL WINTER TIPS
Colder weather months means more energy use to keep you warm. Making these additional do-it-yourself changes will help you use less heat. Want to save money on your energy bills? Try some of these simple do it yourself tips for Fall &Winter:
- Install a programmable thermostat with your heating system to automatically lower the temperature at night or when no one is home.
- Reduce cold air by insulating, caulking, weather stripping around all openings in the walls-that includes doors, windows, outlets, attic access, etc.
- Ensure that all heating vents are not blocked by furniture, carpets, etc. Clean them regularly for optimum efficiency.
- Get your fireplace serviced regularly if it is in use, if not keep the flue damper tightly closed or consider getting it capped off.
- Remove all window air conditioning units during the winter months to minimize heat loss. If the unit cannot be removed, cover securely to reduce drafts.
- To reduce drafts from switch plates and outlets by exterior walls, install rubber gaskets, which can be purchased at hardware stores.
- Reverse the rotation on ceiling fans to help circulate the warm air throughout the room.
Year Round Tips:
- Regularly check your pipes and fix any leaks
- Wash laundry in cold water
- Use Compact Florescent Light bulbs (CFLs)
- When it is time to replace an appliance, purchase Energy Star labeled appliances. They use less energy!
- Unplug your cell phone chargers when they are not in use.
- Unplug appliances and equipment when not in use, including TVs, cable boxes, computers, and monitors; doing this daily will not damage them. Use power strips to shut off power on multiple appliances
- Install low-flow showerheads, aerators and low flush toilets to conserve water
Comprehensive Home Assessment
Want to do more? Consider hiring a BPI-Certified contractor to do a Comprehensive Home Assessment. You will learn exactly where you are losing costly energy and how to fix the problem. NHSNYC offers low-interest loans from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). To find out more, click here to visit the NYSERDA website.