Saving energy is easy, here are some more tips by device category:
- Turn off lights when no one needs them.
- Use dimmer switches on indoor lights and timers or motion sensors on outdoor lights.
Water heating tips
- Check that your water heater is set to 120 °F (49 °C). If not, adjust the setting.
- Fill your clothes washer and dishwasher for each use. Full loads are
- .Use a lower temperature setting on your clothes washer. Make sure you always rinse with cold water, and switch to cold instead of warm or hot for the wash cycle.
- Install water-saving tap aerators and shower-heads.
- Look for shower-heads that are rated to use no more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute.´
Appliances and electronics
- Choose a drying cycle that uses the moisture sensor rather than the timer to save energy and extend clothing life. Moisture sensors monitor laundry dryness and stop the drying when moisture is gone. This saves time and energy costs, and also prevents over drying that may cause clothes to shrink.
- Hang your laundry for air drying to save energy, reduce wrinkles, eliminate static cling and reduce wear on your clothes. Air drying takes even less time now with high-efficiency washers.
- Unplug electronic devices that you’re not using, especially when you go on holiday. When you return, plug in devices only as you need them.
- Use computer and game console power management features. Factory default settings are not always the most efficient, so check settings and adjust if needed. Turn off your computer or game when finished to save even more.
- Use power strips for your electronic equipment. Many electronics consume energy even when you are not using them. Often called energy vampires. Plugging chargers, computers and printers into a power strip lets you turn them off with one switch. Better yet, use a smart power strip. It turns off automatically when devices are not in use.