DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Your Guide to Green

Summer Savings Tips

Direct a Cool Breeze Your Way

Make sure your ceiling fan is turning counter-clockwise in the summer - the airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. Also, make sure to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room.

Take it Easy

Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat, such as cooking, running a computer, or running a dishwasher. Even stereos and televisions will add some heat to your home.

Put on Some Shades

Draw window coverings, such as blinds or curtains, to prevent heat gain through your windows during the day.

Use your bath fan.

Do you have mildew on bathroom ceilings? This is a sign of insufficient ventilation. If you have a bath fan, use it. If you need a fan, look for an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. These fans are very quiet and use little electricity. Be sure to vent bath fans to the outdoors, or you’ll risk moving your mildew problem to another part of the house or attic.

Dry clothes faster.

Clear lint from your clothes-dryer exhaust hose. Have a flexible hose? Replace it with smooth metal ducting to improve air flow, dry clothes faster, and reduce drying energy use.

Don’t make your fridge work so hard.

Clean dust from under your refrigerator, the front vent at the base, and any exposed coils at the back. Another tip: Make sure products aren’t blocking the fan vents inside the fridge and freezer.

Clear the air.

Dust bathroom vent fan covers as well as the ceiling fan blades (change the direction to counter clockwise while you are dusting) in other rooms in your home. Clean dust and grease from the kitchen stove hood and exhaust fan.

Plug your home electronics into an advanced power strip.

While you’re dusting your TV, computer, gaming equipment, and other home electronics, take a look at how they’re plugged in. You can stop overpaying to power these big energy users (many draw electricity even when off) by plugging them into an advanced power strip, which automatically cuts electricity to any idle equipment you choose.

Keep bulbs and fixtures clean.

Dirt will absorb the light and reduce the efficiency. Another tip: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and use up to 90% less energy.

Step outside.

Take a look at any accessible exterior vents, such as for the clothes dryer, central-heating system, water heater, kitchen-fan exhaust, or bath-fan exhaust. Clear them of any blockage or buildup of dust, webs, leaves, and lint.

Feeling a draft?

If you have functional windows, it makes more financial sense to improve them than to replace them with energy-efficient windows. Caulk any gaps and cracks around window frames. Be sure that windows are fully shut. Put up interior window plastic, available in kits at hardware stores. If you don't have storm windows, have them made. Also, for drafty doors, use weather-stripping and door sweeps.


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