To help keep the warmth in and the cold out -

  • Lower your water heater thermostat setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Family of four, this could save 15 percent.
  • Cook foods in glass or ceramic pans. By doing this, you can set your oven 25 degrees cooler.
  • Shut off lights, TVs, stereos and electric appliances when not in use. A single 60 watt light bulb left on 12 hours per day for one year uses an estimated $23 per year.
  • Fix leaky faucets. One drip can waste up to 250 gallons of water a month.
  • Dry loads one after another to keep the dryer from having to heat up more than necessary.
  • Remember to close the chimney flue when the fireplace is not in use. An open flue is like an open window!
  • An average bath uses 15 to 25 gallons of hot water while a five minute shower uses less than 10 gallons.
  • Place faucet levers in the "cold" position when using small amounts of water as the "hot" position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
  • Turn off the bathroom vent fan as soon as you are done using it. It can drain the house of heated or cooled air in just one hour.
  • A ten degree set back on your thermostat at night will save approximately five to 15 percent on annual heating costs.