While at Work or Home
- Washing clothes in cold water with today’s specially-formulated detergents is effective and better for your clothes … and can save you up to $70 each year. Alliance to Save Energy
- Take a shower instead of a bath.The average bath uses twice as much hot water as a five-minute shower.
- Turn off faucets immediately after use. Turning on the faucet only when necessary can save thousands of gallons per year plus the energy needed to heat it.
- Unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t truly need it – this seemingly convenient way to keep extra drinks cold adds 10-25 percent to your electric bill.
- Turn off kitchen and bath-ventilating fans after they’ve done their job – these fans can blow out a house-full of heated air if inadvertently left on. California Energy Commission
- Shorten showers. Simply reducing that lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Cutting your showers in half will reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent. California Energy Commission
Heating and cooling your home or business
- Every degree you lower your thermostat in winter can save up to 5% on the heating portion of your energy bill. Alliance to Save Energy
- Keep your drapes and blinds closed at night and on sunny days, open them up and let in the sun’s free heat, especially on the south side.
- Clean furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Keep the furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to save up to 5% of heating costs. California Flex Your Power
- An ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat can save as much as $115 per year and allow you to automatically set daytime and nighttime desired temperatures. California Flex Your Power
- Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you’ll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. California Energy Commission
- A passive solar designed home takes advantage of the natural movement of heat and air to maintain comfortable temperatures, operating with little or no mechanical assistance. It’s called passive solar because the design of the home maximizes the benefits it receives from the sun with standard construction features. California Energy Commission
- Early Californians knew the key to good solar design is toface it south.Early Spanish designs were usually long rectangular buildings, situated so their longer walls faced toward the south to absorb the heat from the low winter sun. In the summer, when the sun was higher in the sky, long porches helped to shade the buildings and keep them cooler. California Energy Commission
- A common mistake in solar design is to use too much glass on the south side. An overabundance of windows (also called over-glazing) for the amount of heat storage capacity (thermal mass) in a design can make your home’s temperature uncomfortable, either too hot or too cold. California Energy Commission
- To decrease nighttime heat loss in winter and to control solar heat in the summer, consider installing insulated window coverings such as drapes or shutters. California Energy Commission
- Closing the fireplace damper prevents up to 8% of furnace-heated air from going up the chimney. California Flex Your Power
Lighting your home or business
- Replacing just one traditional light with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb would save enough energy to light 7 million homes and save $600 million in utility bills. Environmental Protection Agency
- Generally, compact fluorescent bulbs use about one-quarter of the energy of an incandescent bulb and last about 10 times longer.
Using your electronics
- We spend more money each year to power home audio and DVD products when turned off that when actually in use. Energy Information Administration
- By 2015, consumer electronics and small appliances will be responsible for almost 30 percent of all household electricity use. Energy Information Administration
- “Sleep” features that power down home office equipment and other electronic devices that are turned on but not in use can save households up to $70 annually. Alliance to Save Energy
For more info please go to the High Sierra Energy Foundation website.