Energy Saving Tips
To Conserve Energy and Save Money use these energy saving tips
- Lower your thermostat at night and when you’re not home. Use a programmable thermostat so it’s automatic. Every degree lower can take 2 percent off your power bill.
- Make it a habit to shut off lights, computers and other appliances when not using them.
- Switch to LED bulbs. They use a fourth of the energy used by traditional bulbs.
- Replace halogen lamps in torchieres with LED torchieres.
- Use motion detectors to turn on outdoor lights rather than leaving them on all night.
- Close your fireplace damper when there’s no fire.
- Close off and don’t heat unoccupied rooms.
- Take showers with low-flow showerheads (they use 50 percent less hot water) instead of baths.
- Set your water heater at 115 degrees (F), which is comfortable for most uses.
- Run only full loads in your dishwasher and clothes washers and wash in warm or cold water.
- Wash and dry clothes on weekends when energy use isn’t as high.
- Clean your furnace and heat pump filters to keep them operating efficiently.
- Limit use of kitchen and bathroom fans since they pull heat out of the house.
- Open south-facing drapes and blinds during the day to let heat in. Cover all windows at night in winter.
- Weather strip around your doors and windows and anywhere you feel a draft.
- Set your refrigerator between 37- and 40-degrees F.
- Keep your refrigerator well stocked. It takes more energy to cool an empty fridge.
- Clean lint out of refrigerator coils and out of dryers.
- Use a microwave or toaster oven for cooking and heating small portions.
- Check ceilings and crawl spaces to ensure there’s adequate insulation.
Working Together – We Save
To learn more about Energy Efficiency and Conservation, call our office or download the following brochures for more ideas on how to save!
Energy saving tips brochure from Bonneville Power Administration (PDF)
Your Family is Unique (PDF) brochure, which examines your unique energy needs