Summer prep energy-efficiency checklist

Learn ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

There are many ways to make your home more comfortable and lower your electric bill. While some energy-efficiency improvements are simple and easy to complete, others require more of an investment. The list below can help in making the right decisions.

  • Reset your thermostat (78° summer; 68° winter)
  • Insert foam insulation pads under your outlet and light switch covers
  • Lower your water heater temperature to 120°
  • Pull the fridge a few inches out from the wall to improve ventilation
  • Find and repair leaky air ducts
  • Wrap and insulate your pipes
  • Install low-flow shower heads
  • Switch to LED light bulbs
  • Switch to motion-sensing floodlights
  • Caulk and weather-strip around windows and doors
  • Have the HVAC inspected annually
  • Drain the water heater tank annually
  • Upgrade attic and basement insulation
  • Invest in smart technology to control thermostats and appliance operation
  • Ventilate the attic and crawl space
  • Reset your fridge (35-38°) and freezer (0-5°) temperature
  • Repair any leaky faucets