*Energy Saving Tips
Listed here are some tips to save energy and reduce your utility bill, as well as the wear and tear on appliances:
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
- Plug home electronics into power strips, such as TVs and DVD players,; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use -- TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Turn it off! When you are not in the room, lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor should all be shut down to save energy.
Winter Months Tips
- Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees. Every degree you lower your heat, saves up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off when leaving home for an extended time. This will save 5 to 20 percent of your heating costs.
- Replace or clean your furnace filters on time. Dirty filters slowdown airflow significantly and they increase energy use. Also, keep your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to reduce energy use. This will save as much as 5 percent on heating costs.
- Reduce hot water temperature. Set your water heater to the "normal" setting or 120-degrees Fahrenheit, unless your dishwasher requires a higher setting (check the owner’s manual). This could save 7 to 11 percent on water heating expenses.
- Seal up leaks. Small gaps in windows and doors lead to heat escaping. Also check where you have pipes, vents or electrical wires that go through walls, ceilings or floors. If you find a gap at the point where a pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it. Caulk works best on small gaps.
- Energy Rebates. ComEd offers several rebates on the purchase of energy-saving projects. The company also offers free installation of some energy-saving products.