Simple, low-cost tips

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Then, continue saving with these simple, low-cost ways to reduce energy use.

Appliances Savings
Do laundry the energy-efficient way.
Washing clothes in cold water and air-drying is a great way to cut costs.
$30 - $40 annually
Use smart settings on your dishwasher.
Turn off the heat boost and let your dishes air dry.
$40 annually
Keep your refrigeration costs down.
With the proper placement, temperature setting and maintenance, you can keep your refrigerator running at top efficiency.
Varies
Use microwaves and slow cookers to cook when possible.
Microwaves and slow cookers use much less energy to cook a meal than a conventional oven.
Up to 75%
Cooling Savings
Program your thermostat.
Programming your thermostat to reduce your air conditioning when you don't need it can result in cost savings on your cooling bill.
Up to $180 annually
Minimize indoor heat generation.
Change the times of day you use appliances that heat the air, and turning off lights when not needed.
Varies
Use your ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans are an energy-efficient way to cool your home in the summer months and circulate warm air in winter.
$165 over 10 years
Insulate your home.
Add insulation to help save energy year-round, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
About $200 annually
Apply weatherstripping to seal leaks.
Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve your household's comfort by reducing drafts.
Up to 20%
Electronics Savings
Use power strips to avoid phantom loads.
Stop energy waste and keep your home safe by turning off electronics with one switch.
Varies
Adjust power-management settings on computers and monitors.
Maximize home office energy efficiency by learning which settings save you the most money.
Up to 70%
Use rechargeable batteries.
Rechargeable batteries are more energy- and cost-efficient, and keep disposable batteries out of landfills.
Up to 35%
Heating Savings
Change your filter.
Clean air filters keep your furnace running efficiently, and can lower energy use by up to 15%.
Up to 15%
Program your thermostat.
Programming your thermostat to reduce heat when you don't need it can result in cost savings on your heating bill.
Up to $180 annually
Apply weatherstripping to seal leaks.
Weatherstripping is a cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve your household's comfort by reducing drafts.
Up to 20%
Install window film (video)
Learn how to install heat shrink film on your windows to save energy.
Up to 35%
Lighting Savings
Use ENERGY STAR® fixtures and bulbs.
Replace light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified lighting to realize healthy savings.
Approximately $6 per bulb annually
Install lighting controls.
Save energy without much effort by using indoor lighting controls such as dimmers, occupancy sensors and timers.
Varies
Use natural light to your advantage.
Use daylight to light your home whenever possible. It not only saves energy, but can lift your spirits.
Varies
Water heating Savings
Lower your water heater thermostat.
Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F to save energy and money.
Up to 9%
Use less hot water.
Reducing hot water use is an easy, affordable way to see significant savings on energy and water bills.
Varies
Insulate water heaters and piping.
Insulate older electric storage-type water heaters and piping to keep the heat in.
25% - 45%