- Turn off everything not in use: lights, TVs, computers, etc.
- Check your furnace or air conditioner filter each month. Dirty filters block air flow through your heating and cooling systems, increasing energy use.
- During hot months, keep window coverings closed on the south, east, and west windows. In winter, let the sun in.
- Activate "sleep" features on computers and office equipment that power down when not in use for a while. Turn off equipment during longer periods of non-use.
- Dress appropriately for the weather, and set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting. On winter nights, put an extra blanket on the bed and turn down your thermostat.
- In summer, use fans whenever possible instead of air conditioning . Using fans to supplement air conditioning allows you to raise the thermostat temperature, using less energy. Fans use less energy than air conditioning.
- About 15% of an average home energy bill goes to heating water. To save hot water, take five-minute showers instead of baths. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer or dishwasher.
- Lower the temperature on your water heater so that you are not having to add cold water to shower.
- Switch to cold water washing of laundry. Use detergent formulated for cold water to get clothes just as clean.
- Only heat or cool the rooms you need. Close vents and doors of unused rooms.
- Install low flow showerheads and sink aerators to reduce hot water use.
- Seal and weatherstrip your windows and doors to ensure that you're not wasting energy on heat or air conditioning that escapes through leaks to the outdoors.
- Insulation your hot water tank to keep the heat from escaping.
- Look for energy efficiency labels when buying new products such as TVs, furnaces, cell phones, refrigerators and air conditioners.
- Replace your five most used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. These light bulbs use two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
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