Help your home “go green” for St. Patrick’s Day

Spring is just around the corner, and these energy saving tips can help you cut down on heating and cooling while maintaining comfort in your home.

Adjust your thermostat: Each degree you adjust the thermostat can save you money.

Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans maximize air circulation. You can enjoy a few spring days with no heating or cooling on, while keeping the air flowing throughout your home.

Work the blinds: Open the shades on chilly days to let natural sunlight warm your home. On warm days, closing blinds, shades and draperies keeps out the sun’s rays and can help you dramatically lower the temperature in your home.

Seal up leaks: Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks and prevent inside air from escaping.

Vampire devices: Electronics such as computer monitors leech energy in sleep mode. Unplug these energy “vampires” when not in use, or consider a smart power strip that automatically shuts off several devices at once.

Laundry 101: Air-dry laundry on a clothesline or drying rack in a warm room or outdoors, weather permitting.

Fill up the fridge: A full fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. This means your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.

Give your hands a break: Surprise! Your dishwasher is actually more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand. For extra savings, only run the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded and turn off the dry cycle to allow dishes to air dry instead.

Fire up the grill: Enjoy the nicer weather! Cooking with an oven is energy-consuming – even more so if you have an electric oven. Try barbecuing outdoors to decrease your energy consumption. For further savings, dine al fresco.

PSEG Editorial Team

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