Ways to Cut Energy Bill

1. Set home thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for air conditioning.

2. Set it to 85 degrees when you will be gone more than two days.

3. Provide shading for unit’s condenser.

4. Use awnings and trees for shade.

5. Set your thermostat as low as you can and still remain comfortable; 68 degrees is recommended.

6. Close vents in rooms that don’t need to be cooled.

7. Close blinds and drapes during daylight hours.

8. Dry clothes outside or run your dryer full.

9. Install proper ceiling and attic insulation and cut costs by 25%.

10. Insulate walls and floors to keep air from escaping.

11. Caulk and weather-strip doors, windows, pipes, and ducts.

12. Seal off electric receptacles and switch boxes with foam or fiberglass gaskets.

13. Install storm or thermal windows which keep cool air inside.

14. Repair any holes in the roof, walls, doors, ceilings, windows, and floors.

15. Set water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or 140 for a dishwasher.

16. Install low-flow shower heads and faucets.

17. Use cold water in your washing machine and wash only full loads.

18. Wrap your water heater with a water blanket. Add a timer on older models.

19. Open refrigerator door only when necessary.

20. Keep refrigerator coils on back and bottom clean.

21. Unplugging your extra refrigerator could save $175/year.

22. Don’t preheat your oven.  If you have two ovens, use the smaller if possible.

23. Cook several dishes at once in the oven.

24. Use rangetop instead of oven, when possible.

25. Use your microwave for reheating and cooking small quantities of food.

26. Use dimmer switches or timers.

27. Use florescent bulbs which use one-third the energy and last 10 times longer.

28. Turn off lights when not needed.

29. Keep pool cleaning and heating equipment clean and lubricated.

30. Use a pool cover when not in use.

City of New Bern
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129
Electric Dept. Main # (252) 636-4070
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