Energy Saving Tips

Winter Tips

As temperatures drop, it’s time to consider ways to reduce your energy bills in the winter.

Take advantage of a free home energy assessment through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®.

  • A participating Home Performance contractor will come to your home and perform a series of tests to pinpoint where energy and money are being wasted. By analyzing how all the individual elements of your home work together as a system you're able to identify which home energy improvements will have the biggest impact on your bottom line. The assessment is free for most New Yorkers.
  • To help pay for energy improvements, take advantage of NYSERDA’s low-interest loans - including payment through your utility bills - and cash-back incentives.
  • Call 1-866-NYSERDA or visit to get started.

Make a change that saves more than $200 on your energy bill without sacrificing comfort.

  • Install and properly use a programmable thermostat and save up to $200 on energy costs. A programmable thermostat offers pre-programmed and customized settings to regulate your home's temperature when you are home, asleep or away. While remembering to adjust your home's temperature manually might be a challenge, a programmable thermostat can help you “set it and forget it.”

Make sure to buy ENERGY STAR® certified light bulbs as the days get shorter and night creeps in earlier.

  • Changing your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR certified LED or CFL bulbs is an easy place to start, and lighting accounts for approximately 12 percent of the average household’s energy bill.
  • Check out the variety of ENERGY STAR certified bulbs; they come in a wide variety of shapes and styles for every application.
  • Not all bulbs have earned the ENERGY STAR label. Choosing an ENERGY STAR certified bulb ensures the bulb has met strict energy efficiency and quality requirements set by the EPA.
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a bulb, you’ll notice a new generation of ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs. Visit tools and information to help make your light bulb shopping quick and painless.

Keep the “vampires” away with an advanced power strip.

  • Purchase an advanced power strip to manage the power that your electronics and appliances use. These power strips shut off stand-by or “vampire load” that is consumed when electronics and appliances are turned off. This simple, affordable device is a smarter version of the traditional power strip.
  • Plug your televisions, DVD players, home stereos and gaming consoles in an advance power strip, and you can cut the power to all this technology whenever you turn off your TV.

Save energy in the kitchen.

  • Consider replacing your refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR certified model. Depending on the model year of your refrigerator, you could save up to $200 on your energy costs annually.
  • Get style, performance and savings through advanced features that enable ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators to use 20 percent less energy than conventional models.

Take a hard look at appliances and electronic equipment in your home.

  • If you want to reduce your energy use and positively impact the environment, home is the place to start. There are numerous home products that you can replace with ENERGY STAR products to increase energy savings – from refrigerators to dishwashers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, TVs, cordless phones, ceiling fans and more. Look for the ENERGY STAR label on products.
  • Remember, the energy used in the average house can cause about twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car. So energy efficient changes in the home can have a significant environmental impact.

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Last Updated: 10/07/2014