Make Energy Efficiency Part of Your Routine

Follow these tips in the morning, afternoon and evening to save energy. 

There are simple things you can do to save energy every day, but did you know there are things you can do at specific times throughout the day to maximize your energy savings? Consider making energy efficiency a daily habit with these tips:  


  • When showering, run the fan for a half hour afterward to expel moisture, which decreases the workload on the air conditioner (AC). 
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes dryer right before you leave the house so the increased heat from these appliances doesn’t make you feel hot when you are home.  
  • When leaving the house, close window treatments facing the south and west to limit the heat from the sun in spring and summer.  
  • Before you step out the door, program or turn up your thermostat to 85 degrees during warmer weather. 



  • A few hours before you get home, program your thermostat to cool to 78 degrees.  
  • Cooling a home will take more time than heating one. Consider using a programmable thermostat to achieve your preferred temperature setting before coming home. And, consider joining MGE Connect®. Visit to learn more. 



  • Cook outside or with a microwave instead of a stove or oven to limit the heat added to your home. 
  • Use an exhaust fan in the kitchen to remove moisture while cooking.  
  • Turn on ceiling fans in occupied rooms for increased comfort.  
  • Run your dishwasher before bed (or in the morning before leaving) so the increased heat in the kitchen doesn’t make you feel hot. 


Monitor moisture levels 

It’s important to stay ahead of the moisture level in your home to maximize energy efficiency. Ensure all downspouts are functioning and positioned well away from the foundation of your home. Keep your ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier set at 50% relative humidity. This will help your AC work less to dehumidify. And, always use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans during and after showers and cooking for at least 30 minutes. 

published: May-30-2024