12 Home-bound efficiency tips

 12 Home-bound efficiency tips

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With many in our community working and caring for their children at home, households may see an increase in energy and water use. Here are some money-saving tips to help use energy efficiently and water wisely.

Program your thermostat to maximize savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy.

Change your filter. Change your heating and cooling system’s filter every 30 days to keep it running efficiently.

Turn it off.  Save water by turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth and while you lather up when washing your hands. And don’t forget to turn off lights when you leave the room.

Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. 

Use your blinds. Keep them open and use natural light to both illuminate and warm your home during daylight hours. Close them at night to help keep the warm air inside.

Cook outside. Use your outdoor grill or microwave for cooking instead of your oven.

Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Save energy by using cold water instead of hot or warm water.

Hang dry clothes. Instead of using the dryer, hang them up to dry. 

Use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand. Scrape dishes instead of rinsing and wash only full loads.

Take shorter showers. Reduce your showering time from eight to five minutes.

Capture the water. While waiting for your shower to get hot, capture the water with a bucket and use it for watering plants or refreshing the pet water bowl.

Know your use. Review your daily water and energy use with My Usage.