Outdoors Savings Tips 
  • Plant shrubs, bushes and vines next to your home to create dead air spaces that will help insulate exterior walls in the summer. Make sure to leave at least one foot of space between the wall and the fully mature plant.
  • Shade trees shield your home from the hot summer sun. Be sure to plant the right tree in the right place to avoid potential tree and wire conflicts as the tree matures. Learn more about tree planting
  • Cover the gaps around chimney and furnace flues with metal flashing and caulk small gaps with high-temperature caulk. Learn more about duct sealing.
  • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy. Most bare spiral CFLs can be used in enclosed fixtures that protect them from the weather. Try using a CFL bug light in the summer to save energy.
  • Have a pool or hot tub, try using solar power for heating water. You can use solar power to cut pool heating costs. Learn more about water heaters.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics. Seal the cracks or openings through your foundation. Use caulk around the dryer vent, cable/phone wire, water faucet or other penetrations that may let cool or heated air escape. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Energy website.
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