Remote Working Energy Tips for the Home Information from spartan IPF colleagues Jason Vallance and Yuanji Li

Home office

Power down devices when not in use or enable sleep mode

Upgrade to LEDs where you use the most light

Turn off unnecessary lights or install motion sensors

Take advantage of natural light


Window coverings can lower heating and cooling bills, and improve home comfort.

Open blinds to take advantage of maximize natural light, heat from the sun in the winter afternoon

Close blinds to reduce unwanted solar heat through windows in the summer and heat loss in winter

Behavioral Energy Efficiency

  • Dress appropriately for the season. Wear closely woven fabrics
  • Make blankets available around the house
  • Ceiling fans spinning clockwise for winter and counter- clockwise for summer
  • Keep garage closed
  • Use natural ventilation for spring and fall
  • Hang your cloth to dry-out
  • Defrost refrigeration
  • Keep refrigeration and freezers full
  • Don't peek the oven
  • Don't leave electronic devices on all day
  • Avoid charging mobile devices overnight


Avoid install thermostat near heating generating equipment

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it to lower while you’re asleep or away from home. Try an easy 1°F change in your schedule.

Create and adjust the temperature schedule using a programmable thermostat.

Automatically change the temperature if you’re home or away and modify to your own schedule to be more energy efficient.


System Tune-up - Check motor; tighten electrical connections; test thermostat; cleaning condensate drain; check controls; clean coils

Do-It-Yourself - Regularly filter changes; monitor Carbon Monoxide level; combustion intake and exhaust; shut off humidifier; don't cover and clean vents

Seal the ductwork

Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.

Apply insulation to

Attics, walls and above garage


Hot water piping

Building Envelope

Plug holes in interior and exterior walls; test home air tightness

Seal windows and doors with caulk and window stripping

Keep fireplace flue dampers closed when not in use

Don't allow exhaust fans run continuously

Apply solar film to windows

Upgrade energy-efficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® certified

Refrigerators 15 years or older use twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator.

Plumbing System

Turn your water heater temperature down to 120°F. Set too high, or at 140ºF, your water heater can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses.

Plumbing System

Install low-flow faucets and shower heads. Purchase some quality, low-flow fixtures and achieve water savings of 25%–60%.

Demand-based Controls

Set timers or use smart plugs to automatically turn on/off electronic devices

Install motion sensors in storage areas and/or outdoor lighting (driveway/patio), etc.

Appliance Recycling

Take advantage of local utility supplier or state energy partner residential incentive programs.

Home Energy Programs

Consumers Energy Programs:

Home Energy Analysis Programs

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®


Home Energy Consultation

Energy Assessment Program

Renewable Energy Ideas

Rooftop solar panels to serve solar water heating system/ pool heater/ floor heating / operating other electrical system - charging vehicles; well pumps & battery back-up

Residential wind-turbine



  • https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/home
  • https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats
  • https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-attachments
  • https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/779/documents/residential-energy/RemoteWorkingEnergyTipsforHome.pdf
  • https://www.nachi.org/change-hvac-filter.htm
  • https://energystar.gov/ia/partners/publications/pubdocs/DIY_Guide_May_2008.pdf


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