Staying at Home?

Manage energy costs with some quick and easy tips.

Being energy efficient and conserving resources is something we all can do at home to help save energy every day. Here are five no-cost actions you can take to reduce your energy use at home and help manage costs.


Let in the sun

Turn down your thermostat; open the shades. Take advantage of more sunshine and natural warmth coming through your windows, and turn down your heat a few degrees to save energy.



Take a few moments to unplug your phone chargers, printers, computers and other electronics. These devices can still use energy when not in use and can account for 5% to 10% of your total energy use. 


Run appliances with full loads

Conserve resources by waiting until you have a full load to run your clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher. Also, running appliances during “off-peak” hours later in the evening—when electric demand is typically lower—helps us manage our community grid and, long-term, can help us manage costs to all customers.


Track your energy use

Knowing what your use patterns are for natural gas and electricity can help you target ways to save! MGE’s My Account will let you compare your electricity and natural gas home heating costs with others in the greater Madison area.

Online energy audit

Complete your own energy audit using the Home Energy Saver to help you prioritize energy-saving projects.


Vacuum refrigerator coils

The coils on your fridge process the refrigerant that cools the food inside. If the coils are covered in dust, dirt or pet hair, they work harder, which means they use more energy. Look behind your refrigerator to locate the coils. Use a vacuum attachment to clean them very carefully so they operate at peak efficiency.


Free energy expert advice 

MGE can provide tips and answer your questions about saving energy at home. Email our Energy Experts at

published: Mar-30-2020