About once a year our electric company sends out a pamphlet with great tips on how to save a little energy and money each year around the household. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but I just haven’t ahd the time….and when I did, I couldn’t find the pamphlet! Well, I finally found it and here are some of my favorites (meaning they are the easiest to do, haha):
- Use ceiling fans to cool your house. The most efficient ones cost as little as 30 CENTS a month to run, 8 hours a day. Plus, moving air feels cooler, which allows you to raise the thermostat a couple degrees. Also, open your windows on cooler night.
- Did you know that heat can ESCAPE out of the windows without curtains/shades? Open them up when it’s sunny to get passive heat, close them at night or when no sunlight is coming through them. Up to 15% of your heat can escape out of unprotected windows.
- Keep the doors inside of your home open to improve air circulation and the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
- Provide shade around your air conditioning condenser, it works more efficiently when it’s cooler.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees, overheating it can be wasteful and unsafe. Also, turn your water heater down when you go out of town.
- Cover your refrigerated foods, limiting the moisture evaporation into the air, which takes more energy to cool then dry air. Also make sure your fridge is set between 32-37degrees and the freezer at about 5 degrees. These are the safest temperatures plus most refrigerators are manufactured to operate most efficiently at these settings.
- Every time you open the oven door the temperature can drop about 25 degrees, so use the oven light instead.
- Use lids when cooking on the stove to trap heat in, thus allowing you to turn off the burners a little early as well. **We actually do this when making hard boiled eggs. We let it boil for about 3-4 minutes, then turn off the heat to let it finish cooking.**
- Scrape instead of rinsing your dishes, it saves water and the energy needed to heat the water.
- Air dry your dishes in the dishwasher. Avoid using the heat-dry, pre-rinse and rinse-hold features.
- Wash clothes in the coolest water possible and make the loads are full.
There are quite a few other things you can do around the house, just ask your gas/electric provider for more information.