- Chargers: For your cell phone, tablet or other devices when you are not using them. They still pull energy even though they are not in use.
- Use a Power Strip for all televisions, dvd players and home theater equipment. Turn off the strip “unplug” when they are not in use. When these items are in “Standby” mode their consumption can be equivalent to that of a 100-watt light bulb running continuously.
2. Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate and shut them down completely when you are finished using them for the day.
3. Take Control of Temperature
- During the summer set thermostats to 78 degrees during the day. During the winter set them to 68.
- Close shades during the summer to keep heat out and leave them open during the winter to allow the sun to warm up your home.
- Set the thermostat on your water heater between 120-130 degrees. Lower temperatures can save more energy.
4. Use Appliances Efficiently
- Set your refrigerator at 38-42 degrees and your freezer between 0-5 degrees.
- Wash only full loads of dishes AND clothes this saves on water and electricity costs.
- Wash most of your cloths with cold water and ALWAYS set your rinse cycle to cold.
5. Turn out the Lights
- When you leave a room turn the lights off. If you have a dimmer keep the lights on a lower setting.