Consider installing a programmable thermostat. Set the thermostat controls for low energy use before going to sleep or when no one is at home: air-conditioning 5 to 10 degrees higher and heating 5 to 10 degrees lower.
Do not turn your thermostat lower than the desired temperature to cool your home faster. It does not work.
Give your central heating and air conditioning system an annual tune-up. Maintaining high efficiency requires proper airflow and refrigerant charge.
If you are in the market for a new air conditioner, do your homework before buying. Anaheim Public Utilities offers rebates for new, qualifying ENERGY STAR®-rated, energy-efficient central and room air conditioning units.
If you're chilly, put on a sweater or another layer of clothing instead of adjusting the thermostat.
In cool weather, set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower during the day, 55 degrees Fahrenheit or lower at night. For each degree, you’ll save up to 5% on your heating costs.
In warm weather, set your air-conditioning thermostat at the highest comfortable setting. A setting of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than 70 degrees Fahrenheit, could cut your energy costs by as much as 30% in addition to conserving electricity supplies.
Make sure furniture and other objects do not block air registers or the air return.
Protect your thermostat from open windows and drafts.
Seal heating and cooling ducts. Leaky ducts can account for over 50 percent of heating and cooling losses. Contact Anaheim Public Utilities for a free leak test of your ducts. We also will help pay a portion of the cost of repairs.
Sleep under an extra blanket or 2 at night.
Use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate air and make a breeze. Fans cost less to run and use far less energy than air conditioners.
You may want to consider installation of an electric heat pump to provide both your heating and cooling needs. Investigate our Advantage Services.