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Spring and Summer Energy Saving Tips

Use Windows to Keep Heat Out

Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently

  • Set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower the cost of cooling will be.
  • Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away and lower the thermostat setting when you return home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to do this automatically and without sacrificing comfort. Check with your local utility to see if they have any discounts for smart thermostats.
  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you first turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.

Use Fans and Ventilation Strategies to Cool Your Home

  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
  • When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).

Keep Your Cooling System Running Efficiently

  • For maximum energy affordability, schedule regular maintenance for your cooling equipment. Also, make sure objects that produce heat are not near your thermostat as they will influence the sensor. Also, it is good practice to clean you air intakes frequently to keep dust form building up and blocking air flow.

Keep Hot Air From Leaking into your Home

Lower Your Water Heating Costs

  • Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home! It is recommended that water heaters are set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding. By lowering your water temperature, you are also saving energy and money.
  • Check out this resource to learn more about energy-efficient water heating.

Contact

Todd Knobbe
Clean Energy Communities Coordinator
tk656@cornell.edu
607-535-7161

Last updated April 25, 2022