Energy & Water Saving Tips

  1. Turn off all lights when not in use.
  2. Plug TV's, VCR's, DVD players, computers and stereos into power strips. When these items are not in use, turn off the power strip to alleviate the wasted usage of electricity (Phantom Load).
  3. When purchasing new appliances, look for the Energy Star® label, these products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  4. Look for Energy Guide labels, this label shows the estimated energy consumption of the appliance. The lower the number the less energy it will consume.
  5. Air dry your dishes instead of using the air dry mode on your dishwasher, opening the dishwasher while drying dishes will let more air flow in which will help to dry the dishes faster.
  6. Air dry clothes on a clothes line, drying rack or even on a shower rod.
  7. Use cold water for washing clothes.
  8. Set your washer on the correct water level setting for the amount of clothes you are washing, i.e. small, medium or large.
  9. Do not overload your washer or dryer. This makes them have to work harder in which they have to consume more energy to do so.
  10. Inspect your dryer vent and clear out any blockages. Blockage of your dryer vent could cause a fire and restrict air flow.
  11. Use a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer, a laptop will use less energy.
  12. Unplug all battery chargers when not being used as well as when the batteries are fully charged. If the batteries are fully charged or not in use the charger wastes energy.
  13. Check for air leaks around windows, doors, gaps along baseboards and where any external lines from cable, phone, electric and gas come into your home/garage. Also check for cracks in brick, stucco, siding and the foundation. To repair air leaks use weather stripping or caulk to seal them.
  14. Fireplace dampers should be closed when not in use, if not closed warm air will escape.
  15. Shades and curtains should be closed at night and open during the day.
  16. Drain a few cups of water from your hot water heater tank every few months to remove sediment that collects at the bottom. Sediment can lower the heat transfer in which will reduce the efficiency of the hot water heater. See your owner's manual for the proper procedure.
  17. Take showers instead of baths, showers use less hot water and taking shorter showers use less water all together.
  18. Replace light bulbs with "compact fluorescent" light bulbs.
  19. Insulating your home and hot water pipes will reduce heat loss.
  20. Keep your garage doors closed and lights off when not in use.

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