Energy Savings Tips

Summer Energy Savings Tips

·         Plant trees or shrubs to shade air conditioning units, but do not block the air flow

·         Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will keep your house cooler in the summer

·         Check insulation, caulking and weather stripping - this is as important for A/C as it is for heating

·         Clean or replace filters regularly

·         Install ceiling fans

·         Install a timer on your air conditioning unit to adjust settings for night or when no one is home

·         Keep window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain

·         Install white window shades or curtains to reflect heat away from the house; awnings help too

·         A light colored roof will help reflect the sun's heat away from your home

·         Let "Mother Nature" light up your home

·         Choose compact fluorescent lights, they use less energy and stay cool

·         Buy only "EnergyStar" appliances

·         Make sure refrigerator seals are tight

·         Cook several meals at one time

·         Wash in cold water and wash only full loads

·         Turn the computer off when not in use

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Insulation Tip


More Residential Energy Savings Links

The Department of Energy has developed a website where you can learn how to use the energy in your home more efficiently. You can also learn how to use renewable energy to provide your home with electricity, heating, cooling, and water heating.


The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources website provides a lot of valuable information on energy usage and efficiency.



Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas/electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers that offers a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.


EERC - Energy Efficiency Resource Central: Public Power's Initiative for Energy Efficiency is “an ongoing APPA effort to offer a wide variety of education, policy and advocacy resources and services to help utilities promote energy efficiency.”



Eco Hatchery is a company focused on “hatching green homes by making it easy for residents to conserve energy & water, lower utility bills, and shrink their carbon footprint.” They offer a variety of web based tools to help improve energy efficiency and expand the user’s knowledge of efficiency technology.

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