Saving Energy is Easy! - The Heat and Warmth Fund

Saving Energy is Easy! - The Heat and Warmth Fund
Saving Energy is Easy!
This year marks THAW’s 30th year of assisting Michigan families in need of utility assistance. In honor of our anniversary,
here are 30 easy, low-cost or no-cost energy tips to help you save on your energy costs this winter.
BATHROOM
• Use low-flow shower heads and faucets.
• Turn bathroom fans off before you leave the
room to keep warm air from leaving the home.
• Take short showers over baths to reduce water
heating costs.
• Don’t let water run. Turn it off when not
needed for brushing teeth, shaving, or washing hands.
• Repair leaky or dripping faucets to avoid wasting water.
KITCHEN
• Use the microwave or the stove top to cook
food over using your oven.
• Know what you want before opening the
refrigerator door. Keeping the door closed
saves energy.
• Run cold water for the garbage disposal
instead of hot water.
• Operate the dishwasher only when the
loads are full and air-dry dishes on the
energy saver setting.
LAUNDRY
• Only wash and dry full loads of laundry.
• Use the washing machine’s cold water setting.
• Clean the lint trap in the dryer after drying each
load to improve air circulation.
• Use a drying rack to air-dry your laundry.
LIGHTING
• Change incandescent light bulbs to CFLs.
• Use dimmer switches or timers on your lights.
• If you use lights for your holiday decorating, use
LED lights that use less energy.
• Look for ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures when purchasing new lighting devices.
HEATING/COOLING
• Place draft-stoppers under your doors to keep the
cold air outside.
• Replace your furnace filter once a month or as
needed.
• Turn down the temperature of your water heater
to the warm setting (120 degrees F).
• Save on heating costs by installing a programmable
thermostat.
• Keep the thermostat heat temperature at 68 degrees F to maximum savings.
LIVING AREAS
• Shut off lights, fans, appliances, TV, and stereo when
you leave the room.
• Cover drafty windows with plastic sheeting.
• Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks
around leaky doors or windows.
• Lower the thermostat when home and wear warm
clothing (sweater or blanket).
• Close vents or registers in rooms you are not using
and close the door. If you have storm windows, make
sure they are closed and in place.
• Insulate the attic, walls, and crawl spaces.
• Encourage everyone in the household to gather
around one television. It will save energy and encourages family time.
• Open window blinds and curtains during the daytime
to naturally warm your rooms from direct sunlight.
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