Energy Efficiency Tips

It’s cheaper to save energy than to make energy.

No Cost and Low Cost Efficiency Tips

No Cost Tips

Turn water heater down to 120F (49C)
Clean refrigerator coils
Switch refrigerator to power miser setting
Set refrigerator temperature to 36-39F (2-3C)
Set freezer to 0-5 F (-18 to-15C)
Keep refrigerator/freezer full (water)
Turn off water while shaving and brushing teeth
Use cold water for wash and wash full loads
Collect rainwater
Use the right size pot/pan on the stove burner
Do not preheat your oven except for baking
Cover pots/pans when cooking
Drain some water from your water heater to remove sediment

Winter Tips

Turn thermostat down 10 degrees F (5.5C) at night
Turn thermostat down 10 degrees F (5.5C) when leaving for 4 hours or more
Keep curtains open on the south side of the house during the day
Keep curtains closed on north windows
Dress in layers of clothing

Summer Tips

Close curtains on the sunny sides of home
Turn off furnace pilot light
Open windows on the cool sides of home
Wear loose, light colored clothing
Use fans to circulate air in the home

Low Cost Tips

Install low flow shower heads and aerators on faucets
Insulate water heater
Insulate electrical outlets and switches
Caulk on the inside of doors and windows
Insulate/caulk all pipe penetrations in walls and ceiling
Install a bleed line on the evaporative cooler and run line to a tree
Replace furnace filter every month in winter
Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
Insulate the bottom and sides of waterbeds
Use a quilt or comforter on waterbeds
Purchase a water saving toilet or use toilet dams
Make a draft dodger for use on doors or windows

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