Energy Efficiency Tips

When fuel costs rise, everything is affected in one way or another. Small savings can add up and are often overlooked. We are committed to helping you be as energy efficient as possible.

Energy Efficiency Tips

  • Clean refrigerator coils regularly to keep the compressor operating efficiently.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Install rubber gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on exterior walls.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, duct work, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed unless a fire is going.
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer. You can save as much as 10 percent annually on your heating and cooling bills by doing this.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Use the microwave when possible.
  • Turn off lights, televisions, and other appliances when not in use.
  • Clean or replace filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near the thermostat.
  • Keep indoor registers and return grills unobstructed.
  • Keep outdoor unit clean and unobstructed.
  • Have a qualified professional service your heat pump annually. The inspection should also include checking all duct work for loose insulation and/or leaks.
  • Change incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs that have earned the Energy Star® label.

It takes a little time to become energy efficient, but the savings can be virtually immediate. Here are some great sources to learn more about energy efficiency:

Energy Star
U.S. Department of Energy
Kentucky Office of Energy Policy
Lumen Coalition