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Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips

Winter

Tune up time: Have your HVAC system inspected for routine maintenance by a member of the TVA-approved Quality Contractor Network.

Small steps: When you want to raise your thermostat, only go up one degree at a time. If you increase the setting by two degrees or more, "emergency" or strip heat might turn on which could add cost to your monthly electric bill.

Don't touch: Set your heating unit thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature and leave it.

Add a layer: Wear layers of clothing inside your home to stay warm. You won’t need to turn your thermostat up if you keep your body heat in.

Airtight: Seal and insulate leaky heating system ductwork. Even sealing small holes can make a difference in how much warm air is supplied to living areas.

Tight seal: Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Vent wise: Turn off kitchen and bath-ventilating fans after they’ve removed moisture. These fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if left on.

Fireplaces: Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when not in use. Don’t send warm air up the chimney.

Warm garage: Close garage doors to keep cold air out.

Set back at bedtime: When you go to bed, consider lowering the setting on your thermostat and adding extra blankets to the bed. Socks and a cap will also help you retain heat as you sleep.

Doors and windows closed: Keep all windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly.

Leave and lower: If you leave home for more than four hours, lower the thermostat a few degrees.

Hold the heat: Keep curtains and blinds closed at night and on cloudy days. Open the curtains on sunny days to let the warmth in.

 

Summer

Tune up time: Have your HVAC system inspected for routine maintenance by a member of the TVA-approved Quality Contractor Network.

Microwave savings: Use a microwave whenever possible. It uses less electricity and creates less heat.

Small steps: When you want to lower your thermostat, only go down one degree at a time. Seasonal tune-ups will keep your system running as efficiently as possible. Have your ducts inspected and repair any air leaks. 

Refined refrigeration: Replace worn out seals on your refrigerator and freezer. 

Year-Round

Stovetop: On your stovetop, match your pot or pan size with the burner.

Insulate: Add insulation to your attic, crawl space and any accessible exterior walls. Add pipe insulation to the first five feet of water pipe coming from your water heater.

No outside air: Install seals on light switches and electrical outlets on exterior walls to limit air infiltration.

Conserve hot water: If you have an electric water heater, you can save on water heating costs by installing aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads, taking shorter showers, washing clothes in cold water and lowering the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees or lower.

If you're gone, turn it off: If you go on vacation, turn off the power to the water heater. Why heat water in an empty house?

Full loads: Run clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.

Spin out the water: Use a fast spin speed setting on your washer to remove as much water as possible from clothing. This will reduce the amount of time your clothes have to spend in the dryer.

Clear the air: Make sure supply and return vents are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

Spa smarts: Insulate and cover spas and hot tubs. Turn your hot tub heater off when it’s not in use.

Filter check: Replace or clean filters once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use.

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