Energy Saving Ideas
Here you can learn how to use the energy in your home more efficiently.
Purchase energy-efficient products.
- Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
- Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.
- A dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!
- Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.
- Line dry clothes whenever you can.
- When you need to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.
- Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.
- Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.
- Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home.
- Solar control window films applied to existing glass in windows and doors is an effective method to reduce peak demand during hot months and conserve energy anytime air conditioning might be required.