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Conserve Energy and Save Money
Energy Saving Tips
  • Heating and cooling account for approximately 55% of the energy used in the average home. To help save on your utility bill, set your thermostat at 78° during summer and 68° during winter.
  • Instead of filling the tub to take a bath, take a shower. If you reduce your shower time, you use less hot water – helping save even more.
  • Water heating is the second biggest energy consumption in your home. Set the temperature of your water heater at 120° to help save energy.
  • Clean or replace the filter in your heating/cooling system monthly.
  • Check your home for leaks around doors and windows. Seal any leaks. Add insulation around walls, floors and ceilings.
  • Household lighting can add up your utility bill. When you leave the room, turn off the light.
  • Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven whenever possible.
  • Use only cold water in garbage disposals. It not only conserves energy, but also prevents plumbing problems as well.
  • Use low wattage bulbs where lighting is not critical.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it is full. Use energy-saving cycles and skip the drying cycle.
  • A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) can save $40 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime. CFLs use less energy than incandescent bulbs, produce the same light and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Fix any leaky, dripping faucets or toilets. A faucet dripping two drops per second can waste up to 200 gallons of water a month.
  • Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to minimize heat loss.
  • Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris or weeds.

Resources: Energy Brochures (PDF Downloads)
Natural Living
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Videos: Benefits of Natural Gas Appliances
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Interactive Tour: How Water Works
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