You can get started saving money and energy right now by following these tips:
- When you’re cooking, adjust the flame to fit the bottom of the pot or pan. Turning up the flame beyond the bottom only wastes energy.
- Keep stove burner surfaces clean.
- Cover pots and pans with lids when cooking.
- Cook food at high heat to bring to temperature then reduce to complete cooking.
Sinks and Showers
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Install low volume showerheads and faucets.
Washers and Dryers
- Use a water-level setting that matches the size of the load you’re washing.
- Select the proper setting and time for the clothing type and load size.
- In your dryer, separate heavier clothes (towels, heavy cottons) from the lightweight fabrics (synthetics) for more efficient drying.
- Dry full loads, but be sure not to overload your dryer.
- Clean the dryer’s lint filter before every load.
- Don't add wet clothes during the drying cycle.
- Don't over-dry clothes. Use the automatic moisture control if your dryer has one, or select the appropriate amount of time on the automatic timer.
- Be sure the outside dryer vent is free of any obstructions and the vent cover fully opens when the dryer is in use.
Water Heaters and Furnaces
- Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Put an insulation wrap around the sides of your water heater. (But remember: Never put insulation on the top of the heater or near the bottom.)
- Add insulation in your attic.
- Lower the thermostat when no one is home.
- Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature each day.
- Clean or replace all filters at least once per month.
- Have the system inspected and maintained regularly.
- Keep heating and return vents free of all obstructions for proper airflow.
For more great tips, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers site.