Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

Household Energy Saving Tips

  • Always unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. If you add the amount of energy these items use, it can add up to as much power as your refrigerator.
  • Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. This will help cut water and heating costs by 50% and save you approximately $300 per year. This will also cut your water use by up to 50%. Imagine cutting the amount of water you use in half!
  • Did you know that by setting your air conditioner 5 degrees higher will save you up to 20% on your cooling costs?
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees or to the “normal” setting when you are home and to the lowest setting when you’re away. Heating water accounts for about 13% of your home’s energy costs.
  • Lower your air conditioning costs by using fans, by keeping windows and doors closed and by closing your blinds and drapes during the day. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • When possible, wash your clothing in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to heating the water.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer’s outside vent is clear and clean your lint filter before every dry cycle (or after every load). When shopping for a new drying appliance, look for a dryer with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when your clothes are dry.
  • Taking advantage of energy deregulation in your state.

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