Saving energy doesn't always take days of planning. There are many things you can do right now to start saving energy and cutting down on costs.
Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees farenheit.
3. Washing Clothes or DishesFollow the full load guideline. Never use the dishwasher or washing machine unless it houses a full load.
Plug your electronics into power strips. When turning off these electronics, power down using the power strip to prevent stand-by mode from drawing electricity unnecessarily.
5. Power Down Computers and Monitors
Turn off your computer and monitor when they are not being used. Contrary to popular beliefs, turning them on and off will not cause damage. If you are away from your computer at different intervals, make sure you have set the power save options
6. Drying DishesAir dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle.
7. Washing in Cold Water
Wash clothes in cold water
. This not only reduces hot water usage, but it is better for your clothing as well.
Use compact fluorescent bulbs to light your home. Not only do these bulbs use less energy, but they last longer than traditional bulbs.
9. Take ShowersTake short showers instead of baths. The amount of water used, and heated is significantly less for a shower.
10. Look for the Energy Star Label
Buy products that have the Energy Star
label on them. All Energy Star products meet strict guidelines set by the US Department of Energy.