10. Change habits to conserve energy, like turning off the lights when you leave a room.

9. Understand how your home uses energy.

home energy usage pie chart

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.

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.