No Cost / Low Cost Savings Tips

1. Not using it? Unplug it.

  • Unplugging underutilized appliances in your home can lead to big savings in your electricity usage.
  • Chargers for mobile phones still use electricity even when the phone is unplugged.
  • Your home entertainment electronics pull a great deal of electricity if they remain plugged in. Plug TVs, stereos, and DVD players into a power strip and shut them off using the power strip’s On/Off button.

2. Take Advantage of your Computer’s Energy Saving Features.

  • If you have an ENERGY STAR® qualified computer, enable its shut-down features.
  • The “sleep” mode reduces electricity usage by up to 70 percent during inactive periods.
  • The “hibernate” mode shuts the computer down after a specified time, allowing you to restart using less electricity.
  • Shut off the computer if you’re going to be away more than 2 hours.

3. Control the Temperature.

  • In the winter, try setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you're at home and lowering the temperature at night or when you're away.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat to a minimum 78 degrees; circulate cool air using box fans and ceiling fans.
  • Open shades in the winter to let sunlight in. Close them in the summer to keep your home cooler.

4. Use appliances wisely.

  • Set your water heater to between 120 and 130 degrees.
  • Wash full loads of laundry in cold water.
  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each use.
  • When possible, dry clothes on a clothesline outside.
  • Wash full loads of dishes in the dishwasher; use shorter wash/rinse cycles; dry with the air dry setting.

5. Turn off the lights.

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room at home and in the office.
  • Incandescent bulbs are inefficient, so turn them off when you don’t need them.
  • Turn off fluorescent lights if you’re going to be gone 15 minutes or more.

6. Weatherize Those Nasty Leaks.

  • Caulk, weather-strip, and insulate your windows and doors wherever you find air leaks.
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Seal Air Leaks

7. Install Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

  • Swapping five incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescents can save you about $60 a year.
  • CFLs cost 3-10 times more than incandescents, but last 6-15 times longer.

8. Conserve Water Heat.

  • Wrap your water heater with a water heater blanket.
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Add an Insulation Blanket

9. Change Your Heating and Cooling Filters.

  • Replace filters on your air conditioner. Clean filters can lower the air conditioner’s energy consumption 5-15%.
  • Replace furnace filters monthly or as needed.

10. Install Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures.

  • Install low-flow shower heads; investing $10 on a low-flow shower head can yield hot water savings of 25-60%.
  • Install faucet aerators (the screw-on portion of the faucet) that have a flow rate of no more than 1 gallon per minute.

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