How to use the App to
conserve energy and save money.

The App provides you with detailed usage and cost information. You can utilize this information to make adjustments in your home or business to save money and conserve energy.
Understand your
energy usage.

Look at your 15 minute interval usage in the app.
  • Pick a regular week - make sure it is a week with no holidays or a week when you aren’t doing any renovations

  • Review your daily patterns for weekdays and weekend

  • Interpret these patterns as you think through your daily activities

What is the
least amount of electricity you use?

What time of the day does this occur?
  • What activities are done at this time?

  • Is there anything you keep on that I could turn off during this time?

When does your electricity usage
start ramping up?

What time of the day does this occur?
  • What activities are done at this time?

  • Do you have any devices programmed to turn on during this time?

When is the
most amount of electricity you use?

What time of day does this occur?
  • What activities are done at this time?

  • Can some of these activities be done at another time to avoid peak consumption?

  • What small changes can you do to conserve electricity?

Understand your
home or building.

Think about the age and characteristics of your home or building.
  • Does your home have original insulation, windows, doors, fireplace, kitchen flue, etc.?

  • Have there been any energy efficient upgrades done?

Analyze the
size and space of your home or building.

Has it changed?
  • Was there added living space?

  • Is your heating & cooling system providing enough conditioned air for the square footage?

Consider your
energy sources.

They will influence your costs.
  • How is your water heater powered - is it gas or electric?

  • Can you turn down the heat setting on your water heater?

  • How is your heating & cooling system powered - is it gas or electric?

Identify any

Look for areas to focus on.
  • Is there a room cooler/warmer than others?

  • Do you feel any breezes in specific areas?

Review any recent
inspection results of your home.

Things to consider:
  • Attic insulation levels

  • Lighting

  • Air temperature at each vent

  • Temperature setting for water heater

  • Settings for thermostat

  • Filter for heating & cooling systems

  • Vents that might be dirty and clogged

  • Seals around windows, doors, ceiling penetrations, etc.

Savings tips
to consider.

  • Have your heating/cooling equipment inspected each season.

  • Set day/night/away schedules in programmable thermostats.

  • Use ventilating fans sparingly - they exhaust all the house's air in 2-3 hours.

  • Don’t set thermostat to below normal temperature when turning AC on...

  • It won't make it get cooler any faster!

  • Don’t set thermostat to above normal temperature when turning heat on...

  • It won't make it get warmer any faster!

  • Turn off stove 5-10 minutes early - let trapped heat finish the cooking.

  • Turn off oven 5-10 minutes early - let trapped heat finish the cooking.

  • Always cover pot & pans when boiling water.

  • Use one large light bulb instead of several small ones.

  • Hang clothes that will need ironing while they are still a little damp.

  • Cook and use heavy appliances in the early morning and late evening hours.

  • Don’t place lamps, TVs, or appliances that generate heat near thermostat.

  • Turn down water heater temperature to 120F. or less, or use the “warm” setting.

  • Set your dishwasher the minimum water temperature setting.

  • Don’t place refrigerator or freezer in direct sunlight or near the stove.

  • Set refrigerator temperature at 38F. to 40F. for fresh food compartments.

  • Set refrigerator temperature at 5F. for the freezer compartment.

  • Use a separate freezer for long-term storage at 0F.

  • In winter, set heat thermostat to 68F. during the day and 60F. at night.

  • Save 3% on heating costs for every degree the thermostat is set below 70F.

  • In summer, set your AC thermostat to 78F during the day.

  • Purchase water heaters with an Energy Factor (EF) rating of .91 or more.

  • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens - they cook with less energy.

  • Don’t preheat the oven for more than 10 minutes.

  • Use cold water rather than hot water when using the food disposal.

  • Match the size of the pan to the size of the stove heating element.

  • Avoid using the broiler - it is a big energy user.

  • Avoid using the dishwasher's pre-rinse cycle.

  • Use dishwasher's air power and/or overnight dry settings.

  • Rinse dishes with cold (not hot) water before putting in dishwasher.

  • Take showers rather than tub baths, and limit your showering time.

  • Use heating/cooling units with SEERs rating of 13.0 or more.

  • Thaw frozen foods before cooking. It saves time and energy.

  • Wash clothes in warm or cold water and rinse only in cold water.

  • When using the oven, cook as many foods as you can at one time.

  • Use small electric cooking appliances for small meals.

  • Don’t let water run while shaving.

  • Turn down your thermostat at night or when you’re away.

  • Install glass screens or fireplace inserts in fireplaces when not in use.

  • Keep air registers un-blocked by any draperies and furniture.

  • Clean or replace the filters in your heating/cooling system each month.

  • In winter, keep draperies and shades open during the day.

  • In summer, keep draperies and shades closed during the day.

  • Check the duct work for air leaks at least once a year.

  • Dress warmly in the winter and coolly in the summer.

  • Only buy heating/cooling units with an Energy Star rating.

  • Install ventilating fan in attic or in an upstairs window to help air circulate.

  • Use a ceiling fan with window AC units to spread the cooled air to other rooms.

  • Clean the outside AC condenser coil once a year.

  • Use duct tape to seal any cracks between each section of your air ducts.

  • Keep out daytime heat with vertical louvers or awnings on windows.

  • Close draperies, blinds and shades when you are not home.

  • Keep lights off when not needed.

  • Plant shade trees strategically around your home.

  • Use window or whole-house ventilating fans to cool your home.

  • Insulate your attic floor or top-floor ceiling to a minimum of R-49.

  • Don’t insulate over eave vents or top of recessed lighting in the ceiling.

  • Insulate heating and cooling ducts in unheated or uncooled areas.

  • Don’t let air seep into your home through the attic access door.

  • Caulk around window and doors where air leaks.

  • Install combination screen and storm windows.

  • Insulate the outside of your water heater with an insulation blanket.

  • Install an aerator in your kitchen sink faucet.

  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean.

  • Avoid opening the oven door repeatedly to check food that is cooking.

  • Be sure your dishwasher is full but not overloaded when you turn it on.

  • Don’t use the “rinse-hold” on dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes.

  • Open the refrigerator or freezer door only when necessary.

  • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers.

  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.

  • Fill washers and clothes dryers but do not overload them.

  • Clean the lint screen after each load of laundry.

  • Save energy by using an old-fashioned clothesline.

  • Avoid piecemeal ironing. If possible, iron a large load of clothes at a time.

  • Install a water-flow controller in the shower.

  • Install an aerator in the bathroom sink.

  • Repair leaky faucets immediately.

  • Use LED lighting.

  • Turn off lights in any room not being used.

  • When installing light bulbs, use the lowest wattage possible or convenient.

  • Concentrate lighting in reading and work areas, and where needed for safety.

  • Install solid-state light dimmers.

  • Install LED bulbs in your table lamps.

  • When choosing a new lamp, buy three-way lamps and bulbs.

  • Turn on outdoor lights only when needed.

  • Use timers and motion detectors for lights when possible.

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