Green Tips

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs use up to 75% less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer.
  • For decorative lights, choose ENERGY STARĀ® qualified light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs that are exceptionally energy-efficient, and use up to 90% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light.
  • Set your thermostat no higher than 60 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Each degree cooler or warmer will increase your energy use by 3 to 4 percent.
  • Clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter regularly to help it run more effectively.
  • Use a portable or ceiling fan to circulate air. Fans cool just the areas you need, and they use less electricity to operate than do air conditioners.
  • During the day time, open windows for cross ventilation and close screens or drapes to shade direct sunlight out and lower your cooling costs.
  • Insulate your home and caulk/weather-strip around doors and windows to reduce both cooling and heating costs.
  • Insulate your hot water piping from the water heater to the wall or ceiling pipe penetration. Wrap the tank in an insulating blanket if the water heater’s energy factor is less than 0.59.
  • Use ENERGY STAR labeled products because they use up to 50 percent less energy than standard models. They have been tested in their product categories for efficiency and have received a seal of approval.
  • Consider unplugging consumer electronics when they are not in use. (Even when turned off, electronic devices still consume energy.)
  • Dirty coils on the back or bottom front of your refrigerator can make it work harder than necessary. Check and clean the coils regularly, especially during the summer.
  • Use nonessential appliances such as clothes washers and dryers during off-peak hours (before noon or after 6:00 P.M.)
  • Reserve using your washing machines and dishwashers until late evening, when temperatures are lower and there is less electricity demand.
  • An overloaded or under-loaded clothes dryer can make it more expensive to dry your clothes. Dry lightweight and heavy clothes separately for more energy-efficient drying. Always clean the lint filter before every load. Remember to dry full loads without overloading, and you’ll use less electricity.
  • You’ll use less energy and water cleaning your dishes with a dishwasher than washing by hand. Run your dishwasher only when full, and use your dishwasher’s automatic energy-savings cool-dry cycle. If your dishwasher doesn’t have this feature, turn it off after the final rinse and let the dishes air dry. This can reduce energy usage by 40%.
  • Run swimming pool equipment for the minimum amount of time, and during off-peak hours (before noon or after 6:00 P.M.).