Heat Smart, Cool Smart to Save

Make smart choices and practice simple tips to manage your energy use.

Heating and cooling are the largest energy users in our homes. By making smart choices and practicing simple tips, you can manage your energy use and costs.


Easy ways to save energy

  • Set your thermostat for one temperature when you're home and another when you're away to maximize energy savings. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less energy you'll use. 
  • If you haven't already, consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely, learn your preferred settings and automatically schedule temperature changes. Eligible MGE customers can take advantage of a $50 cash-back incentive from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy® program for purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® smart thermostat. Get more details at focusonenergy.com/smart.
  • Turn your furnace fan to "auto" rather than "on." If you leave it switched on, it will run continuously, which isn't necessary and, depending on your type of furnace, could cost about $25 a month. 
  • Lock up. Don't just shut your windows, lock them as well. This step can be overlooked but is important. The locking mechanism activates a seal that helps to keep the air you heated or cooled inside your home.
  • Keep your water heater temperature set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and use cold water to wash clothes. Also, remember to run your washer on full loads! If you go on vacation, switch your water heater to vacation mode. 
There's a lot to understand about controlling heating and cooling in your home. MGE is available to provide tips and answer your questions about saving energy and money. Contact MGE's energy experts by email at AskExperts@mge.com.

published: Feb-25-2020