Energy Conservation Tips
When heating and cooling your room...
- In the winter, turn your thermostats down to 68° or below. Reduce the setting to 55° before going to sleep or when leaving for the day.
- If your room gets too warm, turn down your thermostat and open your door. Do not open a window.
- Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. This also applies during the day for warm weather.
- During the heating season, keep the shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter.
- Make sure heaters are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
Remember the impact of lighting and appliances...
- When you leave the room, turn off the light
- Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops under cabinets.
- Consider using compact fluorescent bulbs over incandescent.
- Unplug small appliances, which continue to draw power when plugged in even if they are not in use. The electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars!
- Set computers, monitors, and printers to their energy saving feature and turn them off at the end of the day.
In the kitchen...
- Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37°F to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section.
- Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers. Frost buildup increases the amount of energy needed to keep the motor running. Don't allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
- Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
- Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water. Placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it never reaches the faucet.
- Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean. They will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
- Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water. It is faster and it uses less energy.
- Match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element.
- If you cook with electricity, turn the stovetop burners off several minutes before the allotted cooking time. The heating element will stay hot long enough to finish the cooking without using more electricity. The same principle applies to oven cooking.
- Use microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They can save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
- Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just 1 hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.
In the laundry room...
- Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
- Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
- Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.