October is Energy Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate than to save a little energy (and money)? As the weather cools, Idaho Power reminds you of some simple energy efficiency tips for the fall.
• Replace your air filter to get your heating system ready for fall and winter heating.
• Check for leaks and drafts around doors and windows — and seal them to keep cold air out and warm air in.
• When it’s time for heating, set your thermostat at 68 degrees, or as low as comfort and safety allow, and turn it down a bit more at night. If you have a heat pump, limit adjustments to 2–3 degrees.
• Check the water temperature at your faucet with a thermometer. If it’s higher than 120 degrees, turn down your water heater dial.
• Reverse your ceiling fan direction so it runs clockwise. This pushes warm air near the ceiling down the walls and into the room without creating a draft.
• Open the south-side curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun warm your home.
• Wash full loads of laundry in warm or cool water and always rinse with cold.
• Consider using a pressure cooker. Cooking food at a higher temperature with pressure can cut energy use by 50% or more.
One of the best ways to be energy-aware — and reduce your use — is to take advantage of the resources in My Account. My Account is your personal, online account management tool that gives you 24-hour access to track and compares your energy use, get advice on how to save energy and see how the weather affects your use.
Find more ways to save energy at idahopower.com/save.