Home energy improvements you can make today:

  • Replace old incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs and save 75% on lighting costs.
  • Unplug electronics when they’re not in use, or put them on a smart power strip.
  • Set your thermostat a bit lower in winter and higher in summer.
  • Reduce your water heater temperature to 120°F (don’t set it lower, or bacteria could grow in the water). You can run hot water into a glass and use a medical, candy, or meat thermometer to check its temperature.
  • Keep cool with fans, which cost less to operate than air conditioning.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.The hot water you use for a load of laundry consumes more energy than the washing machine itself.
  • Load up your dishwasher. Running a partially full dishwasher means more loads, which means using more energy.
  • Maintain your clothes dryer. If your dryer vent doesn’t allow the hot, moist air to move easily to the outside, it’s wasting energy and creating a fire hazard. Clean the lint trap after each load, and clean the main duct once a year.

Home energy improvements that will take more time:

  • Get a home performance assessment to learn how much energy your home uses now and where to make the easiest improvements.
  • Replace energy hog appliances with efficient models.
  • Improve your heating and cooling distribution systems by sealing ducts, adding insulation, and installing zoned controls.
  • Improve your home’s envelope to cut your heating and cooling needs.
  • Explore whether renewable-energy systems make sense for your home.

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