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Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Lighting Turn off lights when you are not using them. One 100 watt bulb left on all night costs about $25 over twelve months.
Cooking Use toaster ovens, crockpots, microwaves: Use them when you are cooking small to medium-sized meals. They use less energy than your stove or oven.
An old refrigerator costs the average family about $140 a year (that is almost $12 per month).
Home Safety
Each year about 4,300 Americans die from fires, 440 people die from electric shock and another 500 from unintentional
You think only grownups should think about saving energy? Actually, there a lot kids can do. And think of how your family can use the money that these easy steps can save!
Summer Keep cool without air conditioning.
Water Bills The water heater is the second biggest energy user in the home. You're charged for the water - and for heating it. An average family can spend about $290 a year just taking showers - many families spend more.
Wash laundry in warm or cold water instead of hot. Hot water needs to be used only for oily stains and very dirty loads.
Furnace Heating is by far one of our biggest energy expenses. It costs the average low-income family around $482 a year.
Use drapes: Where windows face the sun, keep drapes open in the day, but close all drapes at night. Keeping shades drawn and drapes closed will make the room more comfortable without any increase in energy use. By reducing the chill from cold windows and reducing drafts, you'll reduce heating costs.
Wash only full loads. It costs exactly the same to wash one dish as a whole load.


Eileen Hanrahan
Community Energy Advisor, Smart Energy Choices

Last updated October 11, 2019