Connexus Energy is dedicated to helping members save energy – and save money on their monthly electric bill.

We’ve put together a few simple suggestions to help you reduce the amount of electricity wasted in your home, as well as tips for businesses, home lighting and cooling, and other energy saving resources.

Quick Tips

Adjust thermostats

Turn down your thermostat during winter months, and turn it up during summer months. A difference of even two degrees can have an impact on your heating and cooling costs. If you haven’t already, install a programmable thermostat. The average consumer can save $180 in energy costs over the course of a year.

Lower the water heater temperature

Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140°F, most households usually only require them to be set at 120°F. For each 10°F reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3 percent and 5 percent in energy costs.

Go low-flow

Install water flow restrictors and aerators on sink and laundry tub faucets. These measures save money by reducing heated water use – and minimizes the burden on your water heater.

Swap for CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about 70 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Because the average household has more than 40 light sockets, the savings can really add up.

Flip the Switch

Turn off lights and equipment when not in use. Don’t underestimate the energy savings by turning off or unplugging seldom-used televisions, stereos, and computers.

Unplug

Standby power, or electricity used by electronic items that are turned off, can cost approximately $5 per month in the average home. Unplug anything that displays a light or clock when the equipment is turned off.

Seasonal Tips

Each season offers opportunities for energy savings. Cut your energy costs throughout the year with these helpful tips.

SPRING: Landscape for efficiency

Strategically-placed trees and shrubs can save up to 25 percent of a typical home’s heating and cooling energy usage. Plant to shade both west-facing and east-facing windows, and avoid planting near power lines.

SUMMER: Keep your cool

Install ceiling fans to reduce air conditioning costs. Ceiling fans keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even with the thermostat set at 78°F. You’ll save 3 to 5 percent on air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.

FALL: Tighten up your home

Air moves in and out of your home through even the smallest openings. About one-third of this air moves through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows. Seal air leaks where plumbing, duct work, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, flows, and ceilings.

WINTER: Get a smart thermostat

Install a smart thermostat to keep your home comfortable during the heating season, as well as the cooling season in summer. You can program your smart thermostat from your computer, tablet, or smartphone from any location, whether you’re across the room or across the country.

Additional Resources

Access energy calculators, articles and tips, and much more:

Energy Calculators
Energy Library
Energy Star
Quick Tips

More tips and resources:

Cooling
Lighting
Pools & Hot Tubs
Commercial Demand Response Programs
Short- & Long-term Energy Tips for Businesses