120 ways to save and conserve energy, starting today


21 small changes can add up to lớn big savings on your bills

The best way to start saving on your electriđô thị costs is to lớn get smart with how you use electriđô thị. Make these 21 no-cost changes in your home page & you could save $500 or more a year, depending on a number of factors including the kích cỡ of your home.

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Now"s the time to also join Team Power nguồn Smart & start a Reduction Challenge. If you can deliver on most of the 21 changes below, you could reduce your electricity use by 10% over the year and earn a $50 reward.


1. Turn off unnecessary lights

Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off an extra two hours per day could save sầu you $15 over a year. Better yet, switch to lớn LED.

Save sầu $15


2. Use natural light

A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 lớn 100 times its area. Turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day is a $9 saving over a year.

Save $9


3. Use task lighting

Turn off ceiling lights và use table lamps, traông xã lighting và under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens.

Save $6


4. Take shorter showers

Hot water is expensive sầu. If two people in your home page cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save sầu $30 over a year.

Save $30


5. Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth

Reduce your hot water usage by 5% to save about $19.

Save $19

6. Fix that leaky faucet

Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to lớn $9 per year in energy costs. Learn how khổng lồ fix that leak.

Save sầu $9

7. Unplug unused electronics

Standby power can account for 10% of an average household"s annual electrithành phố use. Unplug unused electronics & save $50 a year.

Save sầu $50

8. Ditch the desktop computer

If you"re still using that old desktop, recycle it and switch to lớn your máy vi tính. If you use your máy vi tính two hours per day, you"ll save sầu $4 over a year.

Save $4

9. Not home? Turn off the air conditioner

Turn off that old window unit air conditioner for five sầu hours a day while you"re away. Do that for 60 days over a summer & you"ll save $16.

Save sầu $16

10. Recycle or donate that old TV

Recycle or donate your old T.V.. Even if you"re just using it an hour a day, that 42-inch LCD is costing you six bucks a year.

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Save $6

11. Manage your thermostat

If you have sầu electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to lớn save sầu 5% on your heating bill. Lowering it five sầu degrees could save sầu 10%.

Save sầu $120

12. Be strategic with window coverings

Promote airflow through your trang chính và bloông chồng the afternoon sun. You could save you up lớn $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) during the summer.

Save $45

13. Reduce heat in the kitchen

Avoid using the oven in summer – try salads, smoothies or barbecue. You"ll reduce the heat in your home & save sầu on your trang chủ cooling costs.

Save $5

14. Run full loads

Cut one load of wash per week, even if you"re already using cold water only, và you could save $18 a year on your laundry costs.

Save sầu $18

15. Wash laundry in cold

By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save sầu up khổng lồ $22 per year on your energy bill.

Save sầu $22

16. Hang dry your laundry

If you vày eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $65 a year.

Save sầu $65

17. Toss a towel in the dryer

A dry towel added to lớn your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you"re doing seven loads a week this could save you $27 a year.

Save $27

18. Be efficient with refrigeration

Keep your fridge and freezer at their igiảm giá temperature. For your fridge this is between 2°C and 3°C and your freezer should be at -18°C.

Save $25

19. Unplug your second fridge

Unplug that second fridge và save sầu up to lớn $55 a year. Freeze plastic jugs of water & use them in a cooler when you need them.

Save $55

20. Skip the heat-dry setting for the dishwasher

That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it và, based on one load of dishes a day, save sầu up khổng lồ $27 for the year.

Save $27

21. Use the microwave, croông chồng pot or toaster oven

A microwave sầu takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use a microwave sầu instead of your oven 4 times a week và save $13/year.

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Save $13

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