Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Energy Savings Tips

  • Install storm windows, or add caulking or sealant to existing windows to reduce the infiltration of cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer.
  • Close drapes or blinds and lock windows to ensure a tight seal.
  • Weather-strip the perimeter of exterior doors.
  • Install insulation in your attic, walls (where accessible), and floors.
  • Set water heater to 120 degrees and add an insulation blanket to the unit (check the manufacturer's label for important information).
  • Add insulation to water pipes.
  • Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Use conservation showerheads to eliminate hot water waste.
  • Install dampers in chimneys
  • Replace filters in heating and cooling systems on a monthly basis.
  • Check the direction of ceiling fans: in the winter, set fans to move air downward (counterclockwise); in the summer, set fans to move air upward (clockwise)
  • Close the damper on fireplaces (when not in use) or add glass doors.
  • Remove furniture and carpeting from heater vents to ensure proper circulation.
  • Adjust the thermostat to slightly lower temperatures in the winter and slightly higher temperatures in the summer when your family is sleeping or away from the home.
  • Replace old appliances with new energy efficient models. Look for the Energy Star label.
  • Install Compact Florescent Lights (CFL), which use 5 times less electricity, last 7 times longer, and produce less heat than an ordinary light bulb.
  • Install solar screens to eliminate solar heat through the windows.
  • Use dishwashers, washers and dryers at night.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, some people who have weatherized their home have saved an average of $300 in annual utility costs while adding an estimated $1,000 to the value of their home.