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energySMART glossary

AFUE? EF? Learn what the acronyms mean as well as other key terms in energy efficiency.

Conservation Tips

Conserve More Energy – and Save Money – Right Now

The energy choices you make are important. They affect the environment, certainly. They also affect how comfortable you are in your own home. And very importantly, they affect how much money you spend.

Heating your home

  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Keep your heating system tuned-up and clean
  • Improve your home's insulation
  • Seal air leaks
  • Upgrade your old heating equipment
  • Clean or replace your furnace filters every 1-3 months
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors
  • Block drafts of cold air
  • Close fireplace dampers when not in use

Water heating

  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees
  • Take 5-minute showers
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets
  • Insulate water heater pipes
  • Turn your water heater off or down when you're away
  • Choose an ENERGY STAR water heater

Cooking and baking

  • Try not to preheat your oven
  • Place lids tightly on pans when cooking
  • Keep your oven and burners clean
  • Use glass or ceramic pans when cooking in your oven
  • Keep the oven door closed while baking
  • Never use the gas range for room heating
  • Cook extras and refrigerate or freeze the leftovers
  • Barbeque or grill in the summer as much as possible

Clothes drying

  • Clean the lint filter
  • Replace leaky exhaust terminals
  • Check the outside dryer exhaust terminal
  • Avoid overloading the dryer

Pools and spas

  • Cover your pool and spa when not in use
  • Schedule an annual inspection of your heat exchanger
  • Don't over-clean
  • Set pool filtering and cleaning systems on timers