Energy-saving Tips

Try these low- or no-cost energy saving tips
and see how much you can save on your household energy bill.

Remember - the cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you DON'T use!

Tip #1
Turn it off! When not in use turn off: lights, computers, stereos, and all other appliances.
Savings: Save $6 to $30 a year just by turning off unused appliances.

 

Tip #2
Swap ‘em out! Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. They provide the same amount of light for much less energy. LED Buyers' Guide
Savings: Save $30 per year by replacing only 5 incandescent bulbs. LEDs last for about 15 years.

 

Tip #3
Share a ride! Car pool to work, parties, the movies.
Savings: Car pooling to work with a neighbor or co-worker can save you $350 to $700 a year.

 

Tip #4
Turn down the heat! Turn down your thermostat.
Savings: Save $40 to $50 per year by turning the thermostat down by 5 degrees in the winter.

 

Tip #5
Program the temperature! Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home’s temperature for day and night-time settings.
Savings: Save $30 to $45 per year by installing a programmable thermostat

 

Tip #6
Ride the bus or train! Riding the bus or train saves you gas, and wear and tear on your car.
Savings: Using public transportation can save you $380 to $1100 per year.

 

Tip #7
Drive to save! When driving, avoid high speeds and aggressive acceleration and braking.
Savings: Slowing down increases gas mileage and can save $90 to $180 per vehicle per year.

 

Tip #8
Caulk it tight! Sealing air leaks in your home is an inexpensive way to save energy and money.
Savings: Making your home more air-tight can save $70 to $250 per year.

 

Tip #9
Set it warm, not hot! Lower your hot water heater setting to 120 degrees. This provides comfortable hot water for most uses and saves you money.
Savings: $20 to $60 per year.

 

Tip #10
Let the sun shine in! Let solar energy help heat your home in the winter. During the day, open draperies and shades on south-facing windows.
Savings: $20 to $80 per year, depending on type of windows and heat source.

 

Tip #11
Wash it cold! 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water.
Savings: Washing clothes using cold water with cold water detergent can save you $20 to $60 per year.

 

Tip #12
Light it bright! Swap out your old incandescent holiday lights with new LED lights. They’re brighter, cooler, and last longer, and use 80 to 90% less energy.
Savings: $15 to $27 per holiday season.

 

Tip #13
Cook it fast! Use your microwave oven for cooking whenever possible. It’s fast and uses less energy than a conventional oven.
Savings: Microwave cooking can save an average household $10 to $25 per year.

 
 
U.S. Department of Energy provides more energy efficiency and conservation information here.
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