“Go green” for St. Patrick’s Day

Spring is a few days away and these energy saving tips can help you cut down on heating and cooling while maintaining comfort in your home.

Switch to a smart thermostat: Smart thermostats learn your heating and cooling preferences, and can automatically adjust your home’s temperature based on that information. In doing so, a smart thermostat can help you reduce your energy use, save money and enjoy comfortable indoor temperatures all year long.

Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans maximize air circulation. 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 keeps out the sun’s rays and can help you lower the temperature in your home.

Air seal your home: Use weather stripping or caulk to seal up cracks to prevent air leaks and help cut heating and cooling costs.

Vampire devices: Electronics such as computer monitors drain energy while in sleep mode. Unplug these energy “vampires” when not in use, or use 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 when the weather permits.

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: Grilling outside is an energy-efficient alternative to cooking on your range. Using a natural gas grill will produce less carbon emissions than a charcoal grill.

For tools and resources to help manage your home energy usage, visit https://homeenergy.pseg.com/.

PSEG Editorial Team

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