Click the links below, or inside the rooms at right, to learn how you can save energy and money in your home.





  • Consider using solid-state dimmers with your incandescent lights. When you finish using a reading or work light, you can dim it for general room illumination.
  • Choose light-colored, translucent lampshades.


  • If you have a heat pump system, leave all doors and vents open to ensure proper airflow.


  • Turn off computer equipment that won't be in use for several hours. Enable "sleep" function to power down for shorter periods.


  • Unfortunately, windows can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill. During the summer, sunny windows make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.

  • If your home has single-pane windows, as almost half of U.S. homes do, consider replacing them with new double-pane windows with high-performance glass.

  • Vinyl and fiberglass windows offer higher energy efficiency

  • In warmer climates, select windows with spectrally selective coatings to reduce heat gain.

  • Use your shades. Closing drapes and shades – especially on southern windows – will help keep the sun out and your home cool. Cover eastern windows in the mornings and western windows in the afternoon.


  • Ask York Electric Cooperative to install a surge suppressor at the base of your electric meter. You can also purchase individual surge suppressors for your computer, TV, telephone, stereo and other electronic equipment.


  • Close heating vents or radiators in rooms you don't use.

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