Energy Consumption Tips

Here are some tips on how you can save energy, and lower your energy consumption.

  • Change the thermostat setting and install energy saving devices.

Setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer can translate to substantial savings on your utility bills.

Install low-flow showerheads and take shorter showers to save water and the energy used to heat it. Or, consider eventually installing a solar hot water heater on your property.

Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible and use a drying rack or clothesline.

When incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with longer-lasting, low-energy compact fluorescent bulbs.

With the money you save from making these changes, consider buying wind energy from your local utility or purchasing renewable energy offsets. Renewables offer our best hope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a host of other pollutants. In some cases, "green energy" options can be cheaper than electricity from conventional sources!

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Replace energy hungry incandescent lights with fluorescent lighting.
  • Check with your utility company for energy conservation tips, like purchasing energy saving appliances.
  • Add insulation to your home.
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning.
  • Use an EPA-approved wood burning stove or fireplace insert.
  • Heat small meals in a microwave oven.
  • Insulate your water heater.