Helpful Tips to Conserve Energy in your Home

1) Only run your dishwasher when it is full, and use the energy saving setting. This limits water waste and can lower your electric bill. When possible, allow your dishes to air dry, or don’t use the heat in the drying cycle, to conserve energy and save electricity by 20%. New energy saving dishwashers do not require a pre-rinse and are effective in energy conservation.

2) Purchase a low-volume toilet like the Sloan Flushmate. Sloan Flushmate has the best energy-saving toilet technology. Low flow toilets use 1.6 gallons of water, a low toilet volume compared to toilets in the 1980s that used 3.5 gallons of water.

3) Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to conserve energy in your home up to 50%. Low flow shower heads are inexpensive and cut home energy use, so you save money on electricity. Faucet aerators also save home electricity and are inexpensive conservation tools.

4) Turn down the temperature in your refrigerator and save home electricity by 20%. A safe range to conserve energy is between 35 to 40 degrees F. For your freezer, 0 to 5 F.

5) Clean and replace air filters often. It takes less energy for air conditioning units to produce cool air when using clean air filters– they use 5% less electricity than dirty air filters. Use air conditioning only when needed. Consider installing an Energy Star central air conditioner or other energy saving AC unit when the whole house needs cooling.

6) Conserve home energy by turning your computer off when not in use.

7) Limit television use and turn it off when not in use.

8) Replace aging appliances with newer, energy efficient appliances.

9) Replace your water heater with an energy efficient model to lower your water bill and save energy.

10) Cook small meals in the microwave or toaster oven. These appliances save more electricity than cooking with a stove or oven.

11) Save energy by purchasing an automatic, electric ignition stove instead of a gas stove.

12) Turn the lights off in unoccupied rooms. Use compact, energy-saving fluorescent lights for areas of the home that need constant lighting. Fluorescent lights are often brighter than regular lights so you save energy. When designing or renovating a home, go green by installing large windows to bring in natural sunlight.

13) In warm climates, plant trees around your home to provide shade and natural cooling. It can save energy and beautify your home.