Conservation Conversation: Saving By Conserving at Home

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 Part 1: Six Ways to Save on Heating and Cooling

1. Optimize your thermostat by adjusting the temperature when you leave home so it's not heating or cooling unnecessarily.

2. Change your HVAC filter monthly, which can help your system to run on less energy.

3. Close curtains/blinds on hot days and open them on cold days.

4. Check weatherstripping on all exterior doors and replace when worn or missing.

5. Close fireplace dampers when not in use.

6. Make sure heating/cooling air grates aren't blocked by furniture or curtains.



As you can see, heating and cooling make up more than half of the energy you use at home – therefore, they're the biggest portion of your utility bill.

By taking steps to use less energy for heating and cooling, you can save a significant amount of money every month. In fact, depending on the weather and the age of your home, you could save between 5% and 20% on utilities!

Try these tips and you're already on your way to saving by conserving!


Part 2: Six Ways to Save on Water Heating

How We Use Energy in Our Homes


Though we may take hot water for granted, heating water (for showers, baths, your dishwasher, for example) is the second largest utility expense in your home, accounting for 18% of your energy usage. Do what you can to conserve … every little bit helps!


Saving on Water Heating

1. Shorter showers can save water – cutting back by two minutes can save five gallons – and energy.

2. Cooler showers can save energy on water heating AND BILLS. 

3. Running your dishwasher only when it’s full is most efficient.

4. Consider the cold water setting on your clothes washer, since most of the energy used is for heating the water.

5. Using cold or warm water for washing hands will get them just as clean as using hot water – and saves energy.

6. If shopping for a new clothes washer, look for the Energy Star rating.


How Much Electricity Do Appliances Use?


Water heaters use the most electricity of any household appliance. The average household spends $400 to $600 per year on water heating, and every bit of saving can add up. Taking steps to use less energy for water heating is an easy way to save.
Try these tips and you’re already on your way to saving by conserving!

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