Energy Saving Tips
In the Kitchen
- Let your dishes air dry - A dishwasher uses more energy to dry
your dishes than to wash them. If your dishwasher doesn't have an automatic air-dry
switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open to let
- When purchasing a dishwasher, look for energy saving features like a short
wash cycle. - Shorter washing cycles with fewer rinses, save water and water-heating
- Use your dishwasher only for full loads.
- If you have a freezer or second refrigerator that is nearly empty, turn it
off or recycle it.
- Keep your refrigerator fully stocked. A full refrigerator uses les energy.
In The Bathroom
Limit use of portable and bathroom heaters. If you have an electric water heater,
consider these money-saving tips (you will save water too).
- Tighten or plug leaking joints in hot water pipes.
- Don't let the hot water run while washing hands, brushing teeth, or shaving.
- Make sure that your hot water pipes are properly insulated. Piping insulation
guards against heat loss which gets hot water to your faucet faster.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in your bathroom. CFLs use as much
as 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs.
Heating and Cooling
- Install an energy efficient thermostat.
- Don't fiddle with thermostats. Set your thermostat at 68° or lower
for heating and 78° or higher for cooling.
- Insulate your home. Wall, ceiling, floor and attic insulation will
keep warmth in during winter and heat out during the summer.
- Check all insulation and duct work for air leaks. Repair leaks as
needed, using approved materials and methods.
- Keep draperies drawn and windows closed. This will prevent cool air
from escaping and warm air from seeping in through glass areas. Weather-strip and seal
around all doors and windows.
- Seal off unused rooms. Turn thermostats off and leave vents closed
in unoccupied rooms to save energy.
- Help your air conditioner work more efficiently. During the summer,
try to limit the use of heat-producing appliances in the kitchen and laundry areas. Clean
or replace filters regularly.
- Turn off lights when they are not being used. For added savings, install
compact fluorescent bulbs in your lighting fixtures. They use one third of the energy that an
incandescent bulb uses and last 10 times as long.
- Install ceiling fans. Creating air movement in a room can improve the
comfort of the space. Ceiling fans are often all you need to make your home comfortable. They
also can cut energy use and cost compared to central air conditioning.
- Install motion sensors or timers for outdoor lights, they save energy
because you no longer have to remember to turn these lights off in the morning.
- Plant a tree. Use trees, awnings, and overhangs to provide shade around
the outside of your home, especially on the south and west sides where the summer heat gain is
greatest. Check out Tree Power.
In the Laundry Room
- Wash and rinse in cold or warm water instead of hot water whenever possible.
Remember that energy is used to heat the water as well as run the washer.
- Select the correct drying time. Don't over-dry your clothes. Besides wasting
energy, over-drying can give clothes a harsh feel and cause unnecessary wrinkling and shrinkage.
- Remove clothes from the dryer as soon as tumbling stops. If clothes become
wrinkled from lying in the dryer, extra energy may have to be used to iron or dry them again.
- Clean the lint filter after each load to maintain full airflow and maximize drying
efficiency. A clogged air filter slows drying and wastes energy.