Summer Energy Savings Tips

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You have the POWER to save!

 

The push of a button, the flip of a switch, you have the power to save. Saving energy and money this summer is as easy as setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher and turning off the lights and electronics when you leave a room. Also, relax and give major appliances a break during peak hours between 4 and 8 p.m.

By taking the actions below, you will help protect the environment, maintain the electrical grid and save energy costs. summer_campaign_2017_icons3

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you are home.
  • Avoid using major appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers between peak hours of 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Use a ceiling fan to cool off for less. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave a room — they only cool people, not spaces.
  • Block the sun from overheating your home. Inside, use shades, blinds and drapes. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
  • Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use.
  • Use the power management settings on computers and monitors.
  • Replace your five most-used light fixtures and/or bulbs with ENERGY STAR® products.
  • Change or clean your air conditioner’s filter at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  • Check for household leaks to make sure air is not escaping.
  • Unplug that second fridge located in the hot garage or utility room. IID will pick it up and pay you $50 to recycle it for you. Sign-up here for IID's Refrigerator Recycling Program.
  • Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment, too.
  • Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling.
  • Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.
  • Pull the plug on chargers that aren’t in use.
  • Download the IID Connect app for more energy saving tips.

Looking for more ways to save, see below.

Do It Yourself Energy Assessment

  • Check the insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces. To determine the recommended insulation R-values in different parts of your home, visit the Weatherization section of energysaver.gov.
  • Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, switches and electrical outlets.
  • Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Check your owner’s manuals for the recommended maintenance.

IID’s Energy Rewards rebates can help you get started on saving. Customers can receive an incentive on the purchase and installation of qualifying products including HVAC units, dual pane windows, ENERGY STAR refrigerators, attic fans, variable-speed pool pumps and more.

  • Attic Insulation
    o $0.30 / sq. ft.
  • Attic Fan
    o $75 - $125 / fan
  • Energy Star Refrigerators
    o $75 per unit
  • Energy Star Dual Pane Windows
    o $2 / per sq. ft.
  • Energy Star Room A/C
    o $100 / unit
  • Energy Star Clothes Washer
    o $100 / unit
  • Variable-Speed Pool Pump
    o $200 / unit
  • Central A/C and Heat Pump
    o $125 - $200 per ton
  • Shade Screens
    o $1 / sq. ft
  • Evaporative Cooler
    o $300 / unit
  • Radiant Barrier
    o $0.30 per sq. ft.
  • Ductless Mini-Split System
    o $200 / unit

All rebates are capped at 50 percent of the cost. For complete requirements, visit www.iid.com/residentialrebates or call 1-760-482-3656.

Source: www.energy.gov