ELECTRIC CONSERVATION TIPS
– What do you keep your heat and/or ac set at? A typical central air conditioning system can use upwards of 500 kwh a month when it is only on for 3 hours a day. Consider turning your air conditioner to a warmer setting. According to the Environment Protection Agency, you can save up to 7% of your total electric bill by increasing your set-point temperature by 1 degree.
– Do you leave a lot of appliances plugged in when not in use? Even when turned off many appliances can still use power. Desktop computers, laptops, cell- phone chargers, DVD players, printers, and stereos are the most common appliances left plugged in that can draw a large amount of current.
– Do you wash and/or dry a lot of clothing? A typical washer/dryer can use quite a bit of electricity. Just using a dryer 3 times a week can use upwards of 72 kwh a month.
– Do you take a lot of long, hot showers/baths? A typical water heater is powered by electricity which can use upwards of 400 kWh / month for a family of 4.
– Consider shutting your computer completely off when you are not using it. Even if you shut your computer off while you sleep for eight hours, you will reduce the energy consumption it uses by 1/3.
– If you have an electric dishwasher consider hand washing some dishes. This will reduce the amount of times you need to use the dishwasher, thus reducing your costs.
– If you have an electric stovetop consider using pots and pans which completely cover the burners. By doing this, you are reducing the excess heat which is given off, making all of the heat go directly to what you are cooking. This will reduce the cooking time and energy consumption of the electric range.
– Consider switching to fluorescent bulbs. Many of the fluorescent bulbs are 60W equivalents which mean they produce the same light as 60W bulb, but they don’t give off the excess heat, meaning they consume less energy. As an example, a regular 60 watt incandescent light bulb only lasts for 1000 hours and uses the full 60 watts. The average 60 watt equivalent fluorescent bulb will last 10,000 hours and only use 15 watts of power to put out the same amount of light as a regular bulb. At an average cost of $0.09 per kWh, the approximate total savings is $42.00 over the lifetime of the bulb. Also consider swapping out your traditional incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb. This will also cut your energy cost significantly and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
– During cold weather open window shades to let in as much direct sunlight as possible during the day. This will require less heat to heat your home. During warm weather leave window shades down during the day to minimize direct sunlight. This will require less air conditioning to cool your home.
– A running toilet can use up to 900 gallons per day and 28,000 gallons per month. Always check for a running toilet if you see a steep rise in your water bill. Repair all leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water. If the colored water appears in the bowl after a few minutes, the toilet is leaking.
– A dripping faucet can use up to 20 gallons per day and 600 gallons per month. Make sure that all faucets are completely turned off, especially when you leave your home or business for several days at a time.
– A pinhole leak in a pipe can use up to 170 gallons per day and 5000 gallons per month.
– When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
– Try not to use water to defrost foods. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
– Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
– Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
– Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
– Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
– The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth you can save up to 8 gallons of water per day.
– When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. This can save upwards of 50 to 150 gallons a month.