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.