10. Change habits to conserve energy, like turning off the lights when you leave a room.
9. Understand how your home uses energy.
8. Insulate your house.
7. Weatherize your house. Seal leaks with:
- Caulk between materials that DON’T move, like around the chimney and outdoor overhangs.
- Weather stripping around pieces that DO move, like windows and doors.
6. Reduce leaks in ducts.
5. Reduce heating usage in the winter.
- Each degree above 68°F can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
4. Reduce air conditioning usage in the summer.
- Setting the thermostat higher will use less energy.
3. Improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Replace air filters every month.
- Upgrade your system - Higher efficiency central air conditioners use about 14% less energy. Receive a $100 - $1,600 rebate on a new energy-efficient air conditioner or heat pump and save about $150 in energy costs.
2. Replace inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR®models.
- Household appliances account for about 13% of the average home electric bill.
- ENERGY STAR appliances use 10-20% less energy than standard appliances. This helps save money and the environment.
- Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified products.
1. Change to energy efficient light bulbs.
- CFLs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 years.
- LED bulbs use 85% less energy and last up to 25 years.
- DP&L offers discounts on CFLs and LEDs at local retailers.