Tips to reduce energy consumption and save on your energy bills:
- Energy Wise Programs – join an Energy Wise Program and see savings with bill credits and reduced electric rates.
- Monitor your energy use with SmartHub to spot trends and sudden changes.
- Weatherize by checking insulation levels and seal air leaks.
- Schedule seasonal tune-ups for your furnace and air conditioner.
- Close off rooms not in use, turn down thermostat settings and consider a WiFi thermostat which can be programmed to automatically control your cooling and heating.
- Reduce hot water use by installing low flow shower heads and aerators. Hot water use can account for 30-40 percent of household electrical usage. If your water tank is located in a cold space, be sure to wrap the tank.
- Turn off lights when not in use. After heating and hot water, lighting is the next highest energy cost.
- Install energy-efficient lamps and fixtures in areas of your home where usage is three hours per day or more. LED bulbs are currently the most efficient.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances. MVEC has rebates for Energy Star appliances and appliances with low Energy Guide ratings.
- Consolidate refrigeration. One full unit is better than two partially filled. Check and replace worn door gaskets and clean the grills and coils regularly. Refrigeration can account for as much as 18 percent of a home’s usage. If the refrigerator was manufactured before 1995, consider a newer energy-efficient model.
- Turn off TVs, stereos, computers, monitors and cell phone chargers when not in use. Many appliances have a standby or “phantom” use that adds to energy usage in the home.
Ready for an adventure? Through interactive quizzes, the Home Energy Adventure tests your energy efficiency skills to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency, and ultimately save money. Let’s go!
This home efficiency analysis tool gives you tips to make your home more energy efficient with simple energy-saving improvement projects.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has extensive information for Minnesotans on assessing your home, sources of financial help and other energy-saving tips, including a downloadable energy guide.
The U.S. Department of Energy has an extensive archive of energy information regarding home cooling and heating, efficient appliances and electronics, home energy audits, weatherizing and more.
Questions? For more information contact:
MVEC energy specialists
(952) 492-2313 or (800) 282-6832