This month, with the focus on energy, we want to encourage every homeowner to take action no matter how big or how small to conserve energy. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Cooking is like a puzzle. Match your pot to the size of your stovetop burner. Using smaller pots waste heat when used on large burners.
- Don’t soak. Take short showers instead of baths. If you want to save even more energy, use a low-flow showerhead.
- Power off, completely. If you aren’t in the room, turn off lights, TVs, computers, etc.
- Unplug battery chargers when not in use. Many chargers continue to burn energy even when the device isn’t plugged into the charger.
- Slow down. Drive safe and slow down. Not only is speeding dangerous, it wastes fuel too.
- Upgrade your thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat may save you an estimated $180 a year. It saves energy, too.
- Use cold water. Washing clothes with cold water can save you 40 cents per load.
- Forget the dryer. Dry your clothes on a clothesline or drying rack and save an estimated $252 a year.
- Ditch the incandescents. CFLs and LEDs are more energy-efficient and give off the same amount of light. More information can be found on our fact sheet.
- Get an energy audit. Find out where your home is using and losing energy. More than likely that lost energy is also costing you money. Learn more in this video.