Quick Tips

• Use ceiling fans. In the winter, set the fan to blow toward the ceiling to circulate warm air to the rest of the room. In the summer set the fan to blow toward the floor to keep you more comfortable with a cooling breeze.

• Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator at least once a year to increase the coils’ efficiency.

• Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to conserve hot water.

• Install an insulating blanket on your water heater, and place insulation on the first three feet of pipe leading from the water heater.

• Set your water heater thermostat to between 120° and 130°.

• If available, use the energy saving settings on refrigerators, dish washers, washing machines and clothes dryers.

• Check the door seals and gaskets on the refrigerator and freezer to ensure they seal tightly.

• Avoid putting hot foods directly inside the refrigerator or freezer. Let them cool to room temperature first if possible.

• Keep the freezer full. A full freezer operates much more efficiently than an empty one and will stay colder longer in the event of a power outage. If the freezer isn’t full, fill plastic containers with water and freeze them.

• Decide what you want before you open the refrigerator/freezer door to prevent wasting energy.

• Utilize smaller cooking appliances such as crock pots, microwaves and toaster ovens whenever possible.

• Wash only full loads of dishes in your dishwasher.

• Wash clothes in cold water if possible to save heating large amounts of water.

• Don’t over-dry clothes. It saves energy and unwanted wear and tear on the clothing.

• Cover spas and hot tubs and insulate around their sides and bottom to prevent heat loss.

• Make sure your well pump is operating properly and not running continuously.

• Use light bulbs best suited to their tasks, avoiding large bulbs where they are not needed.

• Always make up water beds. The blankets provide insulation that prevents energy loss in the bed’s heater.