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Energy and Water Tips


Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

Use power-management software on your computer.

Close curtains and shades during the summer to keep your home cooler.

Close fireplace damper and doors when not in use.

Lower water-heater temperature to the lowest comfortable setting.

Run dishwasher only when full; select 'energy saver' cycle on energy-efficient models.

Use microwave oven for warming, reheating or cooking food.

Make sure the air flow around your refrigerator is not obstructed.

Check temperatures in your refrigerator (recommended 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and freezer (recommended 0 degrees Fahrenheit); adjust as needed.

Recycle a second refrigerator or freezer through Utilities' refrigerator/freezer recycling program.

Keep water beds covered (comforters work well).

Change your hot tub setting to "economy mode".

Borrow an "appliance meter" from Utilities to learn how appliances use electricity.

Sign up for a Utilities Home Efficiency Audit.

A new washing machine can save you money. It can also save your clothes. Click here for the whole story.

Install an insulation blanket on your water heater.

Insulate pipes-hot and cold-that connect vertically to your water heater.

Seal air leaks by caulking windows, doors, foundations and exterior walls.

Check and seal leaks in attics, basements and crawl spaces.

Seal and insulate air leaks in ductwork located in attics or crawl spaces.

Always use a permanent "duct mastic" material-not duck tape-for sealing attic ductwork and crawl spaces.

Close crawl space vents and cover the crawl space floor with plastic (at least 6-mil) to reduce soil moisture.

Use LED light bulbs.

Purchase power strips to turn off selected appliances when not in use.

Insulate attics, exterior walls and crawl space walls (rebates available).

Apply for low-cost financing to make higher-cost upgrades.

Replace older appliances with ENERGY STAR® products.

Use solar screens over windows with excess sun.

Replace older water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and boilers with efficient ENERGY STAR® models.

Replace appliances with ENERGY STAR® models.

Replace windows with double-pane, low-e windows.

Install "solar-control" windows in locations where windows are exposed to excess sun.

Take shorter showers.

Bathe in half a tub of water.

Before shaving, partially fill the sink with warm water to rinse the razor blade.

Turn off faucet while shaving or brushing teeth.

Don't use the toilet as a trash can.

Run the dishwasher only when it's full. Do small loads by hand.

Don't rinse the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Scrape them clean.

When washing fruits or vegetables, fill the sink with water instead of running the faucet.

Store a jug of water in the refrigerator for a cool drink.

Install WaterSense labeled showerheads.

Replace kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators with WaterSense labeled models.

Find and repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets.

Purchase an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency clothes washer and receive a Utilities' rebate.

Purchase a WaterSense labeled toilet and receive a Utilities' rebate.

Know your electric rate and manage the building's electric load.

Sign up for a Utilities facility assessment.

Turn off overhead and task lights when not in use.

Take advantage of daylight from windows and skylights.

Turn off printers, copiers, coffee machines, and other equipment at end of day.

Activate sleep mode on computers (see ENERGY STAR® for details).

Turn down thermostat on water heater(s).

Benchmark your energy use compared to other similar businesses (sign up for Keep Current).

Sign up for the Keep Current e-newsletter and information service.

Use properly set timers or photo sensors for outdoor lighting.

Use an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat.

Ensure programmable thermostats are programmed correctly. Install a locking cover to prevent tampering.

Replace filters, clean evaporator and condenser coils and verify proper operation of the economizer on air handlers.

Replace standard light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs.

Install occupancy sensors where lights frequently are left on when no one is present.

Replace incandescent exit signs with LED exit signs.

Install an insulation blanket on your water heater.

Insulate hot and cold water pipes above the water heater(s).

Seal spaces where mechanical, plumbing and electrical wires and pipes penetrate floors, walls and roofs.

Seal ductwork and rebalance the HVAC system.

Insulate and air seal the walls and roof.

Plant trees on east, southeast, southwest and west exposures to reduce solar heat gain and reduce glare through windows.

Purchase efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances when replacing old ones (rebates available).

Purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified office equipment, such as desk lamps and computers (rebates available).

Replace failed electric motors with NEMA Premium® energy-efficiency motors.

Replace inefficient small fractional horsepower motors with high-efficiency models.

Complete a building tune-up (retro-commissioning) to ensure existing systems perform as designed.

Upgrade lighting fixtures containing T-12 lamps and magnetic ballasts with high performance T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts.

Upgrade lighting fixtures from standard to high performance T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts.

Replace high-bay, high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting with high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) fixtures.

Install ENERGY STAR® roofing material with high reflectance to reduce cooling load.

Install a refrigerant heat-recovery system to heat domestic hot water if large refrigeration equipment is present.

Install a computer-based Energy Management System (EMS) to control heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment and lighting systems.

Replace electric or gas foodservice equipment with ENERGY STAR® qualified models (rebates available).

Install cooking vent hood controls with VFD fans and sensors (rebates available).

Install high efficiency refrigeration equipment, such as zero energy doors and anti-sweat heater controls (rebates available).

Install interior and exterior lighting controls (rebates available).

Lower thermostat temperature on winter nights and when not home.

Wear extra layer of clothing during the winter and lower thermostat a few degrees.

Open curtains and shades during the winter so sun can warm your home.

Be sure heating registers aren't blocked by furniture, carpet, drapes.

Open windows on summer evenings to bring in cool outdoor air.

Close windows during summer days to keep cool air inside.

Set your air conditioner's temperature higher and use portable fans, ceiling fans to keep your house cool.

Maintain your heating equipment.

Maintain your cooling equipment.

Install plastic covers over single-pane windows during the winter.

Plant fast-growing vines to block unwanted summer sun (results in months).

Plant shade trees to block unwanted summer sun (results in years).

Use fertilizer lightly as it encourages grass to grow and need more water.

Water only when grass turns a dull, grey-green color and footprints remain. After a rain, skip watering until the grass dries.

Bluegrass lawns generally require 1" or more of water per week, depending on the weather.

Shrubs and trees require less water than bluegrass, so water them separately.

Watering every third day helps the grass develop deeper roots and use moisture deep in the ground.

Water in the early morning or late evening when there's less wind.

If you have a sprinkler system, sign-up for a free audit.

Mow when it's cool to reduce stressing the grass.

Mow with a sharp mower blade. A dull blade tears grass and stresses the lawn.

Mow bluegrass 2 1/2 " - 3" tall to promote deeper rooting and to shade the plant's root zone. Never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade.

Leave clippings where they fall to add nutrients to the soil. A mulching mower chops grass into small pieces.

Learn about Xeriscape, a healthy, attractive landscape that conserves water.

Aerate your lawn once a year.

Replace some bluegrass with low water-using planting beds.

Try low water-using plants that provide seasonal colors and textures for year round beauty.

Design, install and operate a sprinkler system with water-efficiency in mind.

Purchase a rain sensor and receive a Utilities' rebate.

Purchase a weather-based controller and receive a Utilities' rebate.

Purchase multi-jet rotating nozzles and receive a Utilities' rebate.

Purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified office equipment, such as desk lamps and computers (rebates available).

Do you want those new jeans to look better and last longer? ENERGY STAR® certified washing machines will do that and more. Click here for the whole story.

Did you know Utilities' offers incentives on ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washers? Learn more.

Clean up your utility bill with an ENERGY STAR® certified washing machine - and get cleaner clothes. Find out more.

How can a clothes washer save drying time and energy? Click here to find out.

Considering a new washing machine? Utilities has partnered with Sears to bring you an ENERGY STAR® washer for the lowest price yet. Learn more.

Warm and hot water will deteriorate elastics and the dyes in your clothes. By using cold water, you not only reduce energy use and utility bills, you extend the life of your clothes.
Learn more about the benefits of high efficiency clothes washers.

Washing machines are most efficient when fully loaded. When doing partial loads, be sure to reduce the water volume. This saves water and assures your clothes are washed correctly. High Efficiency machines will adjust the water level automatically. Click here to learn more about high efficiency washing machines.

Clean your dryer filter regularly. When lint builds up it reduces airflow and your clothes may not dry completely.

Want the ultimate clothes dryer? Use a clothes line. Your clothes will come out mountain-fresh and disinfected thanks to the sun.

Check washer hoses regularly for cracks that could result in leaks. Better yet - install a new set of burst-proof hoses. They are steel wrapped and are less vulnerable to vibration. Include an ENERGY STAR® washing machine in your purchase and your clothes will be cleaner and your laundry room floor will stay dry.

Pre-treat stains to avoid the need to re-wash your clothes.

Make sure dryer vent pipe is not kinked or blocked.