Teach all family members to
turn off lights when leaving a room.
Don't use dishwasher or laundry
equipment until you have a full load.
Use outdoor lights only where
they are needed.
Make sure your refrigerator
and freezer door seals are airtight.
Save electricity by using old-fashioned
clothesline for clothes drying.
Keep air conditioning condenser
shaded from sun or on north side of house.
Turn off air conditioning when
no one is home.
Vacuum or dust off coils of
refrigerator and freezer regularly.
"Instant-on" TV sets
use energy even when set is not turned on.
A full freezer uses less energy.
Use bags of ice cubes to keep filled.
Never overload clothes dryer
and always clean lint filter after use.
Freezers and refrigerators that
defrost automatically use more energy.
Let hot foods cool before placing
them in the refrigerator.
Remove clothes that require
ironing from the dryer while they are damp.
When replacing switches, consider
installing solid state dimmer switches.
Use low wattage night-light
bulbs that now come in 4 and 7-watt sizes.
Place your refrigerator in the
coolest part of the kitchen.
Don't "over dry" clothing.
It wastes energy and may damage synthetics.
When going away for extended
periods, set refrigerator at lowest setting.
Turn off electric water heater
when going away for vacations or weekends.
Turn 3-way lamps down to lowest
level for TV watching.
Choose light, reflective colors
for room ceilings and walls.
Never connect any large appliance
to an extension cord.
Decide exactly what you want
before you open the refrigerator door.
Defrost refrigerator regularly
- when about 1/4 inch of ice has formed.
bulbs use more energy than standard life bulbs.
Turn off your iron when not
Put light switches where they
are easy to turn on and off.
Keep appliances clean and in
good working order. They'll use less energy.
When using air conditioning,
set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher.
Keep bulbs and lighting fixtures
clean. Dust lowers light levels.
Eliminate unnecessary outdoor
Plant shrubs and trees so that
they will shade house during summer months.
Use higher wattage bulbs only
for reading and close work.
Insulating your attic will save
on operating air conditioning (also heating).
If you have a second refrigerator,
ask yourself if you really need it.
Keep the outside exhaust of
your clothes dryer clean.
Buy appliances on the basis
of cost plus operating costs, not price alone.
Buy clothing made of fabrics
that require little or no ironing.
Use hand tools in your workshop
instead of power tools.
When using air conditioning,
keep windows closed & close off unused rooms.
Use reflector floodlights in
directional lamps instead of standard bulbs.
Buy only "no iron"
sheets and pillow cases to save on ironing energy.
Use adapters to convert table
lamps into low-energy fluorescent lamps.
Microwave ovens reduce cooking
time by 15% to 20% and save energy.
When shopping for new appliances,
ask about energy-efficient models.
Don't use several light bulbs
where one will do the job.
Limit the use of appliances
that use over 1,000 watts.
Check all energy bills closely.
Errors can be costly.