Adjust your thermostat to a warmer setting in summer and a cooler setting in winter and save up to $180 a year.
- Adjusting your thermostat by just one degree can save your family up to 3 percent on your home’s heating and cooling costs.
- In the winter, set your thermostat at or below 70°F when you’re home and at 65°F at night. In the summer, set your air conditioner at or above 74°F, or as high as safety and comfort allow.
- Close all the windows and doors in your house before turning on the furnace or air conditioner.
- Can you feel a draft or hear the wind coming in around your windows or doors, even when they are shut? If you can, use rope caulk or weatherstripping to fill the gaps and prevent air from coming in or going out.
- Make the most out of the heated or cooled air in your house by using a fan. In summer, ceiling fans should spin counter-clockwise to keep you cool. In winter, reverse the direction to push heated air near the ceiling down the walls and into the room. Don’t forget to turn fans off when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not air.
- Keep the vents in your home clear. It takes less energy to get warm or cool air into a room when the vents aren’t blocked.