Energy Saving Checklist

Beyond Electricity
  • Insulate and weatherize your home
  • Install a setback thermostat and program it
  • Block drafts with foam gaskets on exterior wall outlets and switches
  • Consider purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle

Yard Light

  • Use high-pressure sodium bulbs
  • Install photocell motion detectors

Primary Headbolt

  • Well-maintained vehicles need only 2 to 3 hours of preheating
  • Install a timer or switched outlet
  • Match heater to vehicle size

Heat Tape

  • Reduce wattage if cold water initially comes out warm
  • Be sure to unplug/turn off heat tape when the weather warms
Major Appliances
  • Maintain your appliances, especially your furnace or boiler, since they'll operate more efficiently
  • Replace aging appliances with Energy Star models
Utility Room

Electric Water Heater/Storage Tank

  • Set water heater to 120° to 130°F
  • Wrap water heater and pipes
  • Flush sediment regularly
  • Install a timer
  • Use tempering tank
  • Turn off at the breaker if you’ll be away for more than 4 days

Electric Dryer

  • Dry full loads
  • Do multiple loads at a time
  • Clean lint screen frequently
  • Choose moisture-sensor model
  • Air dry when possible

Washing Machine

  • Wash with cold water
  • Pre-soak heavily soiled loads
  • Install low-flow fixtures
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly
  • Install low-flow aerators
  • Showers use 50% less water than baths
  • Install timers on bathroom fans

Heated Water Bed

  • Place a 1½ to 2 inch foam pad on top
  • Cover with a heavy quilt
  • Insulate sides and bottom


  • Scrape off food instead of rinsing
  • Wash full loads
  • Wash with energy-saver cycle
  • Dry with “no heat” cycle

Electric Range

  • Fit pans to burner size
  • Use lids on pans to retain heat
  • Use small appliances, like a crock pot or microwave
  • Pre-heat oven only 5 minutes


  • Keep ¾ to ⅞ full for efficiency
  • Set refrigerator temperature at +34° to +38° F / Freezer 0° to +5° F
  • Clean coils every 3 months
  • Locate away from heat sources
  • Replace with Energy Star model
  • Get rid of the 2nd fridge in the garage used to chill a single six pack


  • Defrost whenever ¼ inch of ice builds up
  • Set thermostat 0° to +5° F
  • Keep freezer at least ¾ full
In Every Room


  • Change incandescent light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs
  • Use only CFLs or LEDs designated dimmable bulbs in dimmable fixtures
  • Use occupancy sensors and timers
  • Replace several small bulbs with one large bulb
  • Decorate wall surfaces with light, reflective colors
  • Keep fixtures and covers clean

Vampire Appliances

  • Unplug when not in use and especially when you’re on vacation


  • Put all electronics on a Smart Strip; turn off when not in use
  • Turn off your computers overnight
  • Put entertainment equipment (TV, DVD player, speakers, game stations, etc. ) on Smart Strips.

Electric Heaters

  • Limit use. One 1,200-watt electric heater costs 28¢ per hour to run.