Energy Efficiency Tips
MSCPA is one of the very few businesses in which they want customers to use less of their product. As part of a not-for-profit public power entity, higher bills do not benefit the Agency, members or customers in any way. Here are a few tips on how you can do your part and make your home more efficient, resulting in a lower electric bill.
- Have a qualified technician maintain your air conditioner annually and check your air filter monthly.
- Close the blinds and shades during the day to keep the warm sunlight out.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to counter-clockwise in order to circulate cool air.
- Turn off the ceiling fan when leaving the room.
- Turn up the thermostat. For every degree you turn up on the temperature, you could possibly save 2%-3% on your cooling bill.
- Minimize the use of ovens, stoves, dryers, and other major appliances on very hot days.
- Open blinds and shades to let the sun’s heat in during the day. Be sure to close them at night.
- Make sure vents are not blocked by furniture to ensure maximum air flow.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan to clockwise. The fan will then circulate warm air.
- Turn down the thermostat. For every degree you turn down the temperature, you could possibly save 1%-3% on your heating bill.
- Properly seal windows and doors to keep the warm air from escaping.
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s) use around 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs.
- Turn off the lights when leaving a room, even if you will only be gone momentarily.
- Not every room needs the same amount of light. Plan your lighting and make good use of natural light.
- Control outdoor lighting by using a photocell or a timer.
*For more details on your local efficiency plan, click the name of your residence: ▫Coldwater ▫Hillsdale ▫Marshall