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Ways to Save at Home

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs typically use 65%-75% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb to provide the same amount of light. An added benefit of CFL light bulbs is they last up to ten times longer than a standard incandescent light bulb.

  • Set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.
    Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system. You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours.

  • Reduce the temperature setting of your water heater to “warm” (120°F). In addition, add an insulating blanket to your water heater and insulate water pipes. This not only saves energy, it helps hot water reach the tap or shower faster, wasting less water while it warms up.

  • Take shorter showers and less baths. Adding aerators with flow restrictors to the tap or shower heads is an inexpensive way to save water.

  • Only run the dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.
    Also, air dry dishes and clothes rather than using the drying cycle.

  • Add insulation and seal air leaks. You can save as much as 10% on your heating and cooling bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.

  • Replace single-pane windows with energy efficient double-pane windows.

  • Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep your home cool in the summer and reduce your energy bills. A well designed landscape will cut energy bills, reduce the consumption of water, and conserve natural resources.