Tips to Save Energy
- Purchase an ENERGY STAR® when buying a new refrigerator or freezer.
- Don’t set the temperature colder than necessary. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36 F and 42 F. Set the freezer control between -5 F and +6 F.
- Clean the unit. Clean dust off the coils or filters.
- Check the rubber seals on the door.
- Purchase an energy-efficient model.
- Set the heater to 120 F.
- Repair any dripping faucets promptly.
- Install water saving devices. Use low-flow showerheads and aerators on faucets.
Oven or Stove
- Reduce the heat. A fast boil doesn’t cook faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.
- Don’t peek in the oven. Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25 F & requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
- Use retained heat. Turn off cook tops or ovens a few minutes before food has completed cooking.
- Put a lid on it. Cook food and boil water in a covered container.
Shorten your showers by just two minutes. Each shower could save you up to 233 kWh and $56 per year per person in your household. Plus, you’ll save on your water bill too.
- Air drying dishes instead of using the heated dryer setting on your dishwasher can save you 110 kWh and $23 per year. Wash only full loads of dishes.
- Fix a leaky faucet. You can save $9 a year on a leaky faucet that drips one hot water drop per second.
- Replace old bulbs with LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes).
- Use motion-detecting switches on outdoor lighting.
Cooling your Home
- Use fans instead of air conditioners. Even if you use your air conditioner, use fans to circulate cold air and save energy and money
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when cooling your home.
- Wash full load of clothes in cold water.
- Hang clothes instead of using the dryer.
Electronic items like computers, printers, DVD players, camera battery chargers, AC adapters and cell phone chargers all use standby power when not in use. By connecting these devices to a power strip to turn these items off, you can save 50 kWh and $10.50 per year.