Reducing energy consumption and costs does not require sacrificing comfort. Here are actions you can implement in your home at little to no cost. Start saving now to reduce your energy bills while helping the environment.


Stay cool in the summer

Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Use fans to cool down and circulate the air instead of your air conditioner. Keep curtains or shades closed to keep the heat out.

Stay warm in the winter

Set your thermostat at 68°F or lower and wear a cozy sweater. Close the drapes or blinds at night to insulate from the cold.

Take advantage of natural sunlight

Open your blinds or curtains to light and heat your rooms.


Replace lightbulbs

Replace all your light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These bulbs can last up to 17 years.

Take shorter showers

Play a three-minute song while showering to help gauge the time.

Use the dishwasher for full loads

Use the cool-dry cycle or turn it off after the final rinse and let dishes air dry.


Increase your refrigerator temperature

Set your refrigerator between 36°F and 40°F and freezer to 0°F

Turn off lights

Turn off your lights when leaving a room, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

Unplug appliances

Power strips make it easier to turn them all off at once.


As part of your building's SOMAH project, your local utility will contact you to provide no-cost weatherization services and energy efficiency measures to help you reduce energy costs and improve your health, comfort and safety.

You can also get an energy audit. Various organizations, companies and some local government agencies and utilities offer free audits to identify problems.