August 2009
No Cost Energy Savers

Don't have the money to upgrade insulation, replace your windows or buy energy efficient appliances? You can still save money on your energy bills. Sometimes, saving energy can just be a matter of changing your habits. Try out these tips that aren't just cheap - they're free!

Throughout the House:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees in summer and 68 degrees in winter.
  • Close shades and drapes in the summer to maintain cooler temperatures. Open them in winter to allow the sun to naturally heat your home.
  • Ensure registers and vents are not blocked with furniture, curtains or rugs.
  • Set the temperature on your water heater no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Turn unnecessary lighting off.
  • Turn off and unplug small appliances when not in use.

In the Kitchen:

  • Unplug unused refrigerators or freezers.
  • Keep refrigerators full - it takes more energy to cool an empty fridge.
  • Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.

In the Laundry/Bath:

  • Wash laundry in cold water. If you must use hot water, be sure to always rinse with cold water.
  • Do only full loads of laundry. If washing smaller loads is necessary, adjust the water level in the washing machine to match the load size.
  • Use bath towels multiple times before washing them.
  • Don't let the water run while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Clean the lint trap of the dryer before each load.
  • Don't overload the dryer.
  • Line dry clothes outside whenever possible.