No-Cost Ways To Save

Isn’t it great when doing the right thing means saving money? By making a few, simple adjustments in your home you can reduce your energy use and help conserve our natural resources:

  • Receive a free Water and Energy-Savings Kit
  • Take our Home Energy Efficiency Survey
  • Turning your thermostat back from its normal setting by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs
  • Start saving money instantly by lowering your water heater temperature
  • Install low-flow devices on showers and faucets to save water and the energy used to heat it
  • In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off -- costing about $100 a year. Cut standby power costs by using a power strip and turning it off when you are not using your electronics.
  • Did you know that as much as 90 percent of energy used to operate a clothes washer comes from heating water? Switching your temperature setting from hot to cold water can significantly reduce your energy use.

Tips for your Home

  • Refrigerator and Freezer
    • Set your refrigerator between 36°F and 40°F.
    • Set your freezer between 0°F and 5°F.
    • Replace cracked or loose door seals.
    • Clean condenser coils regularly.
    • Organize shelves for easy access to the foods you use the most.
    • Keep refrigerators away from heat sources such as ovens and dishwashers, windows and direct sunlight.
    • Leave a space between the wall or cabinets and the refrigerator or freezer to allow air to circulate around the condenser coils.
  • Heating and Cooling
    • Use fans instead of central A/C to save up to 90% on cooling costs.
    • Set your central A/C thermostat to 78°F or higher.
    • Set your furnace thermostat to 68°F or lower.
    • Weather-strip and caulk your doors and windows.
    • Keep vents clear of obstructions.
    • Change or clean your HVAC filter regularly.
  • Electronic Appliances
    • Invest in a smart power strip to reduce phantom energy use.
    • Turn off power surge strips at night or while you’re at work.
    • Activate energy saving modes on computers, monitors, printers.
    • Buy energy-efficient electronics when it’s time to replace your old ones.
    • Unplug cell phone, laptop and battery chargers once the item is fully charged.
  • Lighting
    • Replace incandescent and halogen lights with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
    • Replace light switches with motion or occupancy sensors.
    • Let timers “remember” to turn lights on and off automatically.
    • Turn off lights when you leave a room.

    Learn more.

  • Washer and Dryer
    • Wash and dry full loads.
    • Use cold water to wash and always rinse in cold since as much as 90 percent of the cost of washing a load of laundry is heating the water.
    • Air-dry your clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.
    • Repair cracked hoses and leaky faucet connections.
    • Clean your dryer’s lint screen after each use.

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  • Stove and Microwave
    • Put a lid on your pan to help food cook more quickly.
    • Use your microwave to save time and up to 75 percent in energy costs compared to your electric stove.
    • Don’t preheat your oven – it’s usually not necessary unless you’re baking.