Energy tips to help you save energy and money.
Just by following some of these simple tips and rules of thumb, anyone can save energy and money -- year round!
Home energy saving tips.
- Nothing is more energy-efficient than cooking with your microwave
- Do laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting to wash clothes and always use cold water to rinse clothes (save 4%)
- Line dry clothes whenever you can (save up to 5%)
- When using the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting and clean the lint trap after each use (save 0.5%)
- Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand – you conserve energy running your dishwasher only when fully loaded and turning off the dry cycle to air-dry dishes instead (save 1%)
- Make sure that cooled air coming from air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture or draperies
- Don't place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat – the thermostat senses heat from these appliances causing A/C units to run longer than necessary
Home improvements that go a long way.
- Install new storm windows and doors; there are many easy "do-it-yourself" options
- Replace old air conditioning units with newer, more energy-efficient units – newer equipment can save you up to 40% on your energy bills
- Seal leaks in attic ductwork so that cool air doesn't slip outside
- Turn lights off when leaving the room
- Use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) rather than incandescent light bulbs in common areas
- Set refrigerator temperature to 37-40 degrees
- Install low cost fire place modifications (such as a flue-top damper, fireplace grate or glass doors)
- Upgrade your equipment to systems that are EnergyStar® rated, e.g. Burnham Boilers
Water saving tips.
- Repair leaky faucets promptly
- Install aerating, low faucets and showerheads
- Take more showers than baths
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes