This summer, with a few simple steps, you can
easily save energy and still keep cool and clean.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 115°F.
You’ll save energy by keeping your water from getting hotter than
- Shower and run the washing machine during the
morning or evening hours to keep indoor humidity from making your
home feel warmer.
- Clean out your dryer’s lint trap before you run
it to keep the air flowing freely.
- Do loads of laundry back to back. Keeping the dryer
hot can actually reduce the amount of time and energy it takes to
complete the task.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Your detergents
will work just as well and you’ll save on your energy bill.
Why add extra heat to your home? Whip up an
amazing meal and still stay cool.
- Double your recipe and freeze some for later.
Reheating uses less energy than cooking and you’ll save time with
a pre-made dinner on a busy night.
- No need to preheat the oven if your food requires
an hour or more of cooking time.
- Use pots and pans that fit your burners to keep
heat from escaping.
Forty-five percent of the average utility bill
is spent on heating and cooling. Luckily, you can change that with these
- Turn on fans when you’re home during the day to
help circulate the cool air from your air conditioner.
- If needed, defrost your freezer. The ice that
builds up over time can cause it to work harder to keep the
- Keep your refrigerator stocked. It takes more
energy to cool an empty fridge than a full one.
Computers, printers, televisions and lights
can consume energy and generate heat but with some small changes, you
can really save.
When you use these energy-savers you’ll save money and
beat the heat, so you can keep your wallet fuller and your home cooler.
- Plug electronics into power strips that you can
easily switch off when these items aren’t in use. You’ll keep
them from continuing to consume power when they’re turned off.
- If you have a laptop, you’re in luck! They can
consume up to 90% less energy than a desktop.
- Set your computer to automatically switch to sleep
mode after it’s been idle for about 20 minutes.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact
fluorescents*, which last up to 10 times longer, produce the same
amount of light without the excess heat, and will help you save
- Place electronics and appliances away from air
conditioning units. The heat they generate can make the air
conditioner work longer.
- Unplug battery and phone chargers when not in use
or when these items are fully charged.
*Compact fluorescent bulbs should be handled
carefully. Please refer to the Environmental Protection Agency website
for helpful tips and guidelines for safely installing and disposing of