Small bad habits cost us money—and good ones save it.
Then, small savings each day compound day after day, month after month, year to year, turning into significant dollars.
The no-brainer...Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Keep cooled or heated air in by keeping doors/windows closed & seal gaps (such as with a door snake)
- Choose energy efficient appliances
- Wash laundry in cold water whenever possible
- Use the air dry option for clothes and dishes in dishwasher whenever you can
- Unplug "energy vampires," items that are plugged in even when you're not using them. These include phone chargers, computers, and countertop appliances like the coffee maker
- Check with your utility company for special rates; for example, some companies offer discounts for energy consumption that occurs during "off-peak" hours
- Clean the dryer lint trap with each use allowing it to run most efficiently
- Use a toaster oven rather than your full-size oven whenever possible
- Don't open your oven to check on your cooking food; turn on the oven light and use the window instead
- Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees (it's safer, too); this applies to both gas & electric water heaters
- Run the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer only when they're at full capacity
The no-brainer...Fix leaky faucets, and toilets (try the food coloring trick).
- Stop pre-rinsing your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher
- Take shorter shower; to help, try a shower timer
- Replace your shower heads with ones that are low flow
- Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or soaping up in the shower
- Collect rain water for watering plants (your plants will love it!)
- Look for special rates with your water provider; as with electricity, some off-peak times of the day have lower usage rates... see if your utility company offers a water discount during these times and run your appliances and take showers within these parameters, when possible
The no-brainer... Set the thermostat a few degrees higher, particularly when you’re not home (easier to do with a programmable thermostat).
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room
- Use ceiling fans to help cool rooms
- Close blinds and curtains to keep the sun out of rooms during the day - keeps temperatures inside cooler
- Don't leave outside doors open when the A/C is running
- Put off heat-generating activities to the evening hours when outdoor temperatures are cooler, like cooking on the stove (make salads or use the grill outside when it's hot out), running the dryer, etc.
- Maintain your HVAC unit regularly so it runs efficiently.
- Change filters according to the season, usage, and the manufacturer's recommended timetable.
- Switch to CFL bulbs, which generate significantly less heat
You have been officially alerted