Saving Energy

  • save energyReduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees F.
  • Rather than using your dishwasher’s drying cycle, air dry your dishes.
  • Skip the bath. Take a short shower instead.
  • Replace all of the incandescent light bulbs in your home with ENERGY STAR rated compact fluorescents (CFLs). These are the swirly looking bulbs that are more common at most stores today. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and light level. Although the up-front cost is a little higher, these bulbs last 10 times longer than an incandescent and will help you save money on your electric bill.CFLs are one of the easiest ways to lower your electric bill. Most people are surprised to find out that up to 20% of your homes electrical bill comes from lighting. CFL bulbs are a great way to reduce this, because they use 75% less electricity than traditional bulbs.

    To put this into perspective, one replaced bulb in every home in the USA would save enough energy to light in excess of 3 million homes. This is the same amount of greenhouse grasses as taking 800,000 cars off of the road. In addition to the energy savings, CFLs also reduce the level of mercury emissions opposed to traditional bulbs.

    For more about saving energy with CFLs, click here.

  • Shut down your computer and monitor when you are not using them.
  • Plug all of your home electronics into a power strip and turn it off at the strip when they are not in use. Many electronics will use electricity even when they are powered off.
  • Do not drive aggressively. Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking use excess gasoline.
  • Only wash clothes and do the dishes when you have a full load.
  • Install a programmable thermostat in your home to help automate the raising and lowering of the temperature even when you are not home. This can greatly help to lower your energy bills.
  • Install dimmer switches to areas where you can use less light. There are many different types of dimmers, photocells, and motion detector switches that can help you turn lights on and off as needed. For many people, this can help save a large amount of electricity.
  • Just by replacing old appliances with new, more energy efficient ENERGY STAR appliances, you can shave up to 25% off of your energy bills. These appliances are required to meet stringent efficiency standards set forth by the EPA.Similar to CFLs, these appliances may cost more on the front end. This cost is typically made back relatively quickly because of the reduction in your energy bills. It also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is good for the planet.

If you are interested in more information and energy-saving ideas, visit www.energysavers.gov.