Save Energy and Prevent Blackouts

Conserving energy can help you save money, prevent power shortages, and protect the environment. Read through our tips and sign up for Flex Alerts to know the most important times to save. Many of these tips are free and can continue save you money long after the dog days of summer are gone.

Residential Tips

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  • Adjust Your Thermostat: Setting your air conditioner 5° higher will save up to 20% on cooling costs.
    • During peak hours or when you're not home, remember to set your thermostat at 78° or higher.
  • Unplug Electronics: Unplug battery chargers, power strips and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
  • Prevent Leaks
    • Adjust the blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight.
    • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled air.
  • Adjust Your Water Heater: Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "Normal" setting when home, and to the lowest setting when away. Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.
  • Keep Cool With Ceiling Fans: Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day.
    • Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb!
  • Be Smart About Lighting: Turn off unnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with CFLs instead of overhead lights.
  • Power Down Your Computer: Enable "power management" on all computers and make sure to turn them off when not in use.
  • Wash Clothes in Cold Water: When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
  • Load Up Your Dishwasher: Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. During summer, wait until after 6pm to run your dishwasher.
  • Programmable Thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to help keep your A/C costs low during the day when you're not at home.

Office Tips

  • Lighting: Turn off unnecessary office lights, and use natural lighting where possible.
  • Thermostat: Set your thermostat to 78º or higher.
  • Prevent Leaks:
    • Check window vents to make sure they are clear of paper and other debris.
    • Adjust the blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight.
    • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent the loss of cooled air.
  • Equipment: Turn off any office equipment that is not currently in use.
  • Computers: Enable power management settings on all computers, so that they go to sleep and turn off screens when not in use.

Business Tips

Demand Response Programs

Demand Response Programs typically provide incentives and other benefits to business owners who can reduce/curtail their facilities energy use during times of peak demand. Find a program in your area.

Energy Management Plan

Developing an energy management plan for your business will help ensure savings far into the future. Use the following steps as a guideline:

  • Benchmark your facility: Benchmarking is an easy tool to quickly assess how energy-efficient your properties and facilities are, and to help identify options to reduce costs and protect asset values. To get started today, register an account with ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager, and take a look at their Benchmarking Starter Kit.
  • Begin an energy management program
  • Implement your energy plan by adopting energy saving practices, and upgrading to energy efficient equipment.
  • Measure results: Measurement and verification (M&V) efforts validate and improve predictions of system efficiencies and energy use and cost, in addition to providing management and investors the information they need.