energy savings booklet

Click here to download our newest Energy-Saving Tips For Your Home booklet.

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Energy Efficiency Tips

Buy ENERGY STAR® appliances
With ENERGY STAR qualified products throughout your home, you can save up to one-third of your energy costs per year. The ENERGY STAR label can be found on a variety of products for your home.

Replace your old refrigerator
Your refrigerator runs 24/7 and uses more electricity than any other appliance. You could save up to 40% on its energy costs when you replace a model manufactured before 2000 with an ENERGY STAR® unit. Click here to get $50 for the old one, with free pick up!

Choose an efficient dishwasher
Old dishwashers waste a lot of energy and water. Buying an ENERGY STAR® model can save you 10% on energy costs. To save even more, use the "light" or "energy-saving" cycle when your dishes are only slightly dirty.

Make sure refrigerator seals are tight
If the seal on your refrigerator or freezer door isn't doing its job, your appliance could be leaking 15% of the cooled air it produces. To fix the problem, replace your leaky seal with a new one.

Set your refrigerator's temperature to 35°F
In most households, the refrigerator is the one thing that is always on. To minimize the cost of running your fridge, make sure its temperature isn't set too cold.

Choose an efficient dehumidifier
While dehumidifiers are useful for fighting mold, a standard unit can use as much energy as a refrigerator. Choose an ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier, which removes the same amount of moisture while using 15% less energy.

Hang laundry to dry
Your dryer uses about 20% of the total power your appliances consume. Hang-drying saves energy and reduces wear and tear on clothes, which helps them last longer.

Recycle your second refrigerator
Refrigerators from before 2000 use about 40% more energy than today's efficient units. If you use two fridges, consider rearranging your main one to make more space and recycling the spare one to earn $50 and save energy. Learn about our recycling program here.

Wash clothes with cold water
Washing clothes uses a lot of energy, especially if you use warm or hot water. About 90% of the energy is used just to heat the water. To save on water heating costs, wash your clothes in cold water.

Be smart about dishwashing
Your dishwasher uses a lot of energy, especially for heating water. To cut down on energy use, run only full loads and let your dishes air dry.

Choose an efficient furnace
In the winter, heating can account for the largest portion of your energy bill. If your furnace is 10-20 years old and needs to be replaced, choose an energy efficient model to cut heating costs by up to 15%. Central Hudson has rebates for energy-efficient natural gas furnaces.

Choose an efficient room air conditioner
Air conditioning can account for a large portion of your summer energy bill. When you replace an old room AC or buy a new one, choosing an ENERGY STAR® certified unit could lower your cooling costs. Look for our annual AC trade-in event for rebates towards energy-efficeint brands. This event usually runs from the end of May through mid-September.

Give the gift of ENERGY STAR®
Are you buying a new electronic device or appliance as a present? Delight your household members with great products that save energy. When shopping, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label.

Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer
Laptops are 85% more energy efficient than desktops because they require less electricity to operate. Buy an ENERGY STAR® model and operate it in a low-power mode to maximize battery life and conserve energy.

Choose an efficient television
Some features on today's TVs can raise your energy bills significantly. When shopping for a new TV, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. These efficient TVs use 40% less energy than similar non-labeled models.

Learn more from a home power monitor
Consider investing in a home power monitor--it can provide you with real-time feedback on how much electricity your home is using, including day-by-day calculations of your energy bill.

Select efficient home office equipment
Your printer, copier, and scanner could be wasting up to half the energy they use. To cut energy waste, choose ENERGY STAR® models. Use low-power modes to further reduce your bills and extend the lives of your devices.

Compare your appliances with a plug-in power meter
Want to figure out how much you could save by taking action around your home? Use a plug-in power meter to learn exactly how much electricity your appliances, electronics, and other devices use.

Use and switch off power strips
Many computers, televisions, and other "vampire" devices use power even when they're off. Plug these devices into an easy-to-reach power strip and turn it off when you're not using them, or purchase an advanced power strip. For instant rebates on advanced power strips, click here

Unplug electronics when they're not in use
Many electronic devices and kitchen appliances use power even when they're turned off. To save energy, unplug them from the wall when you’re not using them.

Use computer power-saving modes
Running a computer constantly wastes a lot of electricity. Set your computer to go into "sleep" mode after 20 minutes of inactivity. This uses less power and keeps programs open for when you return.

Turn off your computer at night
Turning your computer off at night could help you reduce its energy costs by 33%. Save even more by plugging your computer, monitor, and other devices into a power strip and turning it off when you're not using them. For instant rebates on advanced power strips, click here.

Power down your cable or DVR box when it's not in use
Most set-top boxes in homes today constantly operate at near full power, even when no one's watching or recording a show. Consider unplugging your set-top box when you're not using it (note that it could take a few hours to reload certain features). For instant rebates on advanced power strips, click here.

Upgrade your old central air conditioner
On hot summer days, AC often accounts for the largest portion of your home energy bill. When replacing an old air conditioner, buy an ENERGY STAR® model, which uses 30% less energy and can dramatically lower cooling costs. Look for our annual AC trade-in event for rebates towards energy-efficeint brands. This event usually runs from the end of May through mid-September. 

Maintain your air conditioner
If your AC system isn't properly maintained, it will cost more to run and require more frequent repairs. Schedule an inspection each spring to ensure your cooling system is running safely and efficiently before summer.

Seal window air condtitioners
Over time, moisture can damage your window air conditioner's seal, allowing cool air to escape. Check the unit's seal annually and reseal it if necessary to prevent air loss.

Close your shades in the summer
Sunlight passing through windows heats your home and makes your air conditioner work harder. You can block this heat by keeping blinds or drapes closed on sunny days.

Check your air filters every month
Heating and cooling can account for more than 50% of your home energy use. By cleaning or replacing air filters regularly, you can improve the performance of your system and reduce energy costs.

Seal leaky ducts
Your home could be losing up to 20% of its heated and/or cooled air if it's being transported through leaky ducts. Check for any obvious holes and seal them with mastic, then reinforce them with fiberglass mesh tape.

Adjust your themostat a few degrees
Heating and cooling can account for more than 50% of your home's energy use. Setting your thermostat just a few degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter can add up to big savings.

Clear area around vents
Furniture and carpets can block vents and prevent rooms from warming up or cooling down efficiently. If your home is heated or cooled through vents, move objects away from them to maximize circulation and save energy.

Maintain your heating system
In the colder months, heating usually accounts for the largest part of your energy bill. Schedule maintenance each fall to ensure your heating system is running safely and efficiently before winter.

Maintain your heat pump
Heat pumps are used year-round, so they need regular maintenance in order to operate efficiently. Make sure to have your heat pump inspected by a professional each fall. Central Hudson has rebates for new, energy-efficient heat pumps.

Open your shades on winter days
Take advantage of winter sunlight. By opening blinds during the day to use natural light and capture free heat, you'll be able to lower the temperature on your thermostat and save on heating costs.

Program your thermostat to reduce cooling costs
In the summer, your AC system uses energy to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat even when no one's home. Program your thermostat to rise to 88°F when you're away and go back to 78°F before you return. For smart thermostats available on our CenHub Store with rebates, click here.

Avoid over-drying clothes
Hang drying is the most energy-efficient and low-cost way to dry clothes. If you do need to use a clothes dryer, make sure to run only full loads and remove lint from the filter after each cycle.

Lower your thermostat a few degrees
Heating accounts for most of your winter energy use. To save energy and money, set your thermostat to 68°F when you're home and lower the temperature by 10°F when you're away and before bed. For smart thermostats available on our CenHub Store, with rebates, click here.

Use fans instead of AC
Because fans are targeted to a specific area, they can be more cost effective than cooling your entire home. To save electricity, use energy-efficient fans to keep cool and increase the AC temperature a few degrees.

Maintain your heating and cooling systems
Your heating and cooling systems become less efficient over time if not properly maintained. Before the summer and winter, hire a qualified contractor to inspect and tune up your systems to maximize energy savings.

Raise your thermostat a few degrees
Cooling can account for a large portion of your home's summer energy use. To save energy and money, set your thermostat to 78°F when you're home and raise the temperature by 10°F when you're away and before bed. For smart thermostats available on our CenHub Store with rebates, click here.

Use heated blankets and turn down the thermostat
Do your household members use heated blankets or pads to stay warm? You can save on heating costs by turning the thermostat down a few degrees while you're bundled up under the covers.

Program your thermostat to reduce heating costs
In the winter, your heating system uses energy to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat even when no one's home. Program your thermostat to drop to 58°F when you're away and go back to 68°F before you return. For smart thermostats available on our CenHub Store with rebates, click here.

Using the Ceiling Fan Year Round
In the summer, use the ceiling fan in the counterclockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan — additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!

Replace your inefficient light bulbs
Inefficient incandescent bulbs are costly to run and replace in the long term. Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs -- they use 75% less energy and last about 10 times longer. LED bulbs, which use even less energy than CFL bulbs, are also a good choice. For LED lights with instant rebates, click here.

Spotlight your work places
Overhead bulbs often use more light than you need. Using a kitchen counter light while preparing dinner or a small lamp when reading a book brings better light to the task at hand and saves energy. For our lighting buyer's guide, click here.

Use motion detectors outdoors
Because outdoor lights are higher wattage, they can waste more electricity than indoor lights. Install a motion sensor to reduce an outdoor light's energy use by up to 80% without compromising security or style.

Use dimmers
A standard light switch gives you two options: full brightness or none at all. By installing dimmers and using only the light you need, you can save up to 40% on lighting costs and extend the life of your bulbs. For available dimmer switches on our CenHub Store, with instant rebates, click here.

Turn off lights when not needed
Help cut electricity costs by turning off lights when they're not needed, and make it a habit every time you leave a room. To help you remember, try leaving eye-catching reminders next to light switches and doorways.

Use LED holiday lights
Holiday lights can add charm to your home, but they also increase your electricity bill. If you're in the market for new holiday lights, invest in LED lights instead of inefficient incandescent bulbs. For holiday lights with instant rebates, see the lighting section of the CenHub Store (may be seasonal only).

Plant shade trees
Make smart landscaping choices. Well-placed trees can block 30% of the sun's heat and keep walls up to 36°F cooler on a summer day. In the winter the leaves will fall, allowing the sun's rays to heat your home.

Improve shading for windows
Shading the outside of your windows can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Consider adding awnings or shutters, especially to windows that face south, east, and west.

Improve your home's insulation
In a typical home, over 45% of heat loss happens through walls, floors, and the roof. Improving insulation can help you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reducing your heating and cooling bills.

Upgrade your windows
Old windows can lose a lot of heat in the winter and let unwanted heat enter in the summer. Try weatherstripping existing windows first, and for even more savings, look for the ENERGY STAR® label on new ones.

Weatherstrip windows and doors
Windows and doors can be responsible for up to 25% of heat loss in winter. To reduce leakage and save energy, seal your windows and doors with weatherstripping, caulk, foam, or door sweeps.

Seal air leaks
Cracks between the inside and outside of your home can increase energy costs and make your home less comfortable. Follow drafts to their source to find any leaks, then seal cracks with caulk or polyurethane foam.

Cover your pool
An uncovered pool wastes energy and allows hundreds of gallons of water to evaporate. Installing a cover will keep the water temperature about 10°F warmer and keep debris out, so you can run your pool pump less often.

Block drafts of cold air
The edges of doors are often poorly sealed, allowing warm air to escape your home. If you can't install weatherstripping right away, you can temporarily block cold air drafts with rolled-up towels.

Install efficient showerheads
Showering accounts for about 40% of your home's hot water use, but you can cut costs without sacrificing comfort. Energy-efficient showerheads can reduce hot water use without compromising water pressure. See our CenHub Store for water-saving products, with rebates exsclusively for Central Hudson customers.

Reduce your water heater's temperature
Water heating accounts for up to 20% of a typical home's energy use. Lowering your water heater's temperature from 140°F to 120°F can result in a 10% savings on water heating costs and help prevent scalding. For water heating incentives for Central Hudson customers, click here.

Get a home energy assessment
Most homes have many opportunities to save energy and money, but it can be hard to know where to start. Schedule a home energy assessment to have a certified energy expert inspect your home for ways to save. Get information and apply for a home energy assessment with NYSERDA. You will learn the root cause of any drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other problems you may be experiencing.

Plan for a year of savings
Start off the new year by talking with your household members, friends, and neighbors about saving energy. By making mutual commitments to a few key actions, you can work together to save a lot.

Talk about savings
Talk with your household members about how they save energy. Discuss ways of remembering to turn off lights, do only full loads of dishes and laundry, and set the thermostat to energy-saving levels.

Choose an efficient water heater
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, you may need to replace it soon. Consider an energy-efficient system such as a heat pump water heater, for which Central Hudson has a $400 rebate.

Upgrade to an efficient heat pump water heater
If your water heater is over 10 years old, it may need to be replaced soon. ENERGY STAR® qualified electric heat pump water heaters can save you 25-50% on water heating costs. Central Hudson has a $400 rebate for heat pump water heaters. For money saving water heating incentives for Central Hudson customers, click here.

Shave a minute off shower time
The average American spends about 8 minutes showering roughly once a day. Reducing average shower time by 1 minute can result in 13% savings in shower water use and lower your energy and water bills. See our CenHub Store for water-saving products, with rebates exsclusively for Central Hudson customers.