Month-to-Month Savings


January

• Review life expectancy of kitchen and laundry appliances, and consider replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances.

• Raise or open blinds to allow in the sunlight’s natural warmth. Lower or close them at night.

• Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to keep cool air outdoors.


February

• Install compact fluorescent light bulbs in outdoor fixtures to save on energy bills.

• Check the thermostat on your water heater and set it to 120 degrees, unless directed otherwise by the owner’s manual.


March

• Seal cracks and leaks in the basement to inhibit mold and mildew caused by moisture.

• Check the attic and crawl space to ensure proper and adequate insulation.


April

• Set ceiling fans to run counter clockwise to help cool rooms.

• Ensure air-conditioning vents are open to full capacity and unobstructed.

• Have air-conditioning unit serviced so it will be working efficiently when needed.


May

• Put up awnings or other shading devices to prevent heat from entering sun-facing windows.

• Inspect caulking around sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets, and replace if needed.

• Have duct system inspected and repaired if necessary.


June

• Clean range-hood grease filter to ensure proper ventilation.

• Clean refrigerator and defrost freezer to prepare for storing summer produce.

• Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.


July

• Seal gaps in floors, doors, and windows to save up to 10% on your energy bill and prevent moisture issues and drafts.

• Ensure outdoor unit for air conditioner is free of leaves and other debris.

• Close drapes during the day, and consider applying window film to minimize heat from the sun.


August

• Check the weather stripping around your garage door and replace if needed.

• Replace standard interior light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which produce less heat.


September

• Inspect your heating system and check thermostats for accuracy. Replace them with programmable thermostats if they’re not working properly.

• Add more insulation to attics, crawl spaces, and basements if needed.


October

• Inspect water heater and drain tank to remove sediment if necessary. Remember to turn off the power to the water heater first.

• Check the insulating blanket and pipe wrap on the water heater for wear, or add both if not already in use.


November

• Set your ceiling fans to run clockwise, which causes the warm air near the ceiling to be redistributed to lowers parts of the room.

• Test refrigerator door seals by closing the door over a dollar bill; if it is easily removed, repair or replace the seal.


December

• Check all electrical cords and plugs for damage or fraying, and repair if needed.

• Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils to improve efficiency.

• Perform an online Energy Check Up.


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