These simple adjustments to your home’s major appliances can help you save on your energy use and bill.
Air conditioner: The warmer the outside temperature, the harder your AC unit has to work to keep your home cool. Dial up your thermostat a few degrees to help cut energy costs. Seal leaks around windows and doors to keep the cold air in.
Electric water heater: Set your hot water heater to around 120 degrees to save 6% to 10% on energy costs. Install low-flow fixtures for water savings of 25% to 60%.
Fridge and freezer: Set your refrigerator to 38 degrees and the freezer to zero degrees to cut down on energy costs. Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator because uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
Clothes dryer: Dry your laundry at night or during cooler times of day to save energy. Dry on lower heat for even more savings and use the moisture sensor on your machine.
Oven: Grill outside instead of using your oven to use less energy and help keep the heat out of your home. Small electric pans, toaster ovens and convection ovens use one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
Turn these energy-hungry hogs around to save. Find more energy-saving tips at energy.gov and duke-energy.com/summertips.