TIPS TO SAVE ENERGY TODAY
Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use — TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry clothes.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines of Department of Energy.
- Room Air Conditioner
- Washing Machine
- Turn off the lights in any room you’re not using.
- LED Lights save around 90% of electricity compared to incandescent lamps and on average last up to 6 to 8 times longer or more.
- Use task light to minimize general lighting.
- Maximize daylight usage.
- Keep light bulbs and light fittings clean to maximize lighting efficiency.
Room Air Conditioner
- Choose energy efficient room air conditioner.
- Maintain room temperature at 25.5oC in summer months
- Use fans instead of room coolers as far as possible
- Clean the filters of room coolers regularly
- Keep the windows and doors closed when the room cooler is turned on and use curtains or blinds to shade against sunight
- Remove obstructions at air vents
- Turn off room coolers that are not in use
- Avoid direct sunshine on the outdoor heat exchanger unit
- Don’t place lamps or televisions near your air-conditioner’s thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- Consider using fan in conjunction with window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively.
- Choose energy efficient refrigerator.
- Don’t put the refrigerator near a heat source – an oven, the dishwasher or direct sunlight from a window.
- Do not set the refrigerator temperature unnecessarily low
- Allow hot/warm food to cool down to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator
- Check door seals to make sure they are airtight.
- Leave enough space between refrigerator and the walls or cabinets so air can circulate around the condenser coils. Trapped heat increases energy consumption.
- Choose energy efficient washing machine.
- Full load for the machine – A half load of clothes uses about the same amount of energy as a full load.
- Choose a washing machine that meets your household’s needs. If your normal laundry loads are small, choose a smaller model that uses less water and use a public laundromat for large items like comforters.
- Line drying is, of course, the most energy-efficient alternative for drying clothes. Whenever possible, hang-dry your washed clothes in an outdoor area.
- Irons can consume up to 1,800 watts of energy, and if used for two hours, one iron emits 4.8 pounds of carbon dioxide. Line drying clothes, drying with cold air, or removing them promptly from the dryer will keep wrinkles to a minimum.
- About 90 percent of the energy used in washing clothes is the result of heating the water, according to most experts. Washing in cold water is not only more energy-efficient, it’s also better for your clothes. At the very least, save the hot water cycle for your whites, and wash dark and colored clothes in cold water.