Berks-Schuykill Oil Heat Association - Reading, PA

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Savings

Tips on How to Save Energy and Cut Costs

  • Unplug power cords when not in use, including power strips and phone chargers.
  • Install a programmable thermostat; there are many options to choose from and they are easy to install.
  • When a light bulb burns out, replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb, which can last up to 10 times longer.
  • When purchasing a new appliance, look for the Energy Star label. It may be a bit more expensive on the front end, but will save you money in the long run.
  • During the day, open shades or blinds to let the sunshine in and close them at night to save money, improve comfort and reduce heating costs.
  • Enable "power management" on all computers and make sure to turn them off when they are not in use. A laptop computer uses up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
  • Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads will cut water heating costs by 50% and save up to $300 per year. It will also reduce your water use by up to 50%.
  • When it is possible, wash your clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to heating the water.
  • Make sure your dryer's outside vent is clear and that you clean out the lint filter after every load. When purchasing a new dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when clothes are dry.
  • Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are full. Fewer loads will reduce energy and water usage.
  • Adjusting your air conditioner to just 5° higher will save up to 20% on cooling costs.

Did you know?

  • If your heating system were a car, it would travel approximately 100,000 miles annually.
  • 10% savings on your annual fuel consumption practically pays for the tune-up itself.