You can do a lot to save energy. It could be as simple as remembering to turn off the lights when you leave the room, but making changes to how you use energy can go a long way to helping you control your consumption, not to mention your costs.
With the long dark nights and cooler temperatures of winter, our energy use tends to go up – but below are some tips to help you start controlling your energy use.
- Use your programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Air-dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, and entertainment systems.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Have management set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Visit energysavers.gov for more energy saving ideas.