Energy and water saving tips from the City of
Cooling and heating account for more than half
of the electricity consumed in a residence. Move your air
conditioner's thermostat up a few
degrees when you leave home.
your water-heater to the "normal" setting or 120 degrees, unless the owner's
manual for your dishwasher requires a higher setting. Savings are 7%
to 11% of water heating costs.
Take shorter showers and save hundreds of
gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account
for two thirds of your water-heating costs. Cutting your showers in
half will reduce your water-heating costs by 33%.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets can significantly cut your hot-water
expenses, saving up to 10% on water-heater costs.
Do only full loads when using your dishwasher
and clothes washer. Using the cold-water setting on your clothes
washer reduces the washer's energy use by 75%.
new TV's VCR's, chargers, computer peripherals and other electronics use
electricity even when they are switched "off". Although these
"standby" losses are only a few watts each, they add up to over 50 watts
that are consumed all the time in a typical home. If possible, unplug
electronic devices and chargers-that have a block-shaped transformer on the
plug-when they are not in use. For computer scanners, printers and
other devices that are plugged into a power strip, simply switch off the
power strip after shutting down your computer.
Install weatherstripping or caulk leaky doors
and windows. Also install gaskets behind outlet covers. These
measures can save up to 10% on energy costs.
off lights in unoccupied rooms.
Inside the home, choose work and play areas
with natural lighting whenever possible.
replacing 25% of your incandescent lights in high-use areas with
fluorescents, you'll save about 50% of your lighting energy bill.
Turn faucets off while brushing teeth.
second sink for rinsing dishes and/or don't let water run while washing
dishes by hand.
Use a chemical free container to collect
rainwater for watering potted plants.
laundry outside to dry whenever possible.
Running ceiling fans on low to medium setting
will reduce cooling and heating costs considerably.
the energy saving cycle on dishwashers or air dry whenever possible.
Using a lower temperature setting on
refrigerators will reduce energy costs considerably.