Lights

Lights are the easiest place to start, but often a difficult habit to break. It is second nature for us to walk into a room and flip a switch, while it’s not so natural to turn that switch back off when we exit said room. It doesn’t seem like lights can make a big difference in energy intake, but it truly does. If we can just remember to turn off lamps in the home when we are not using them, we can all save money and energy! Sometimes placing notes or signs near light switches and lamps can help family members get accustomed to turning off lighting.

Electronics and Appliances

Just as we encourage to carefully turn off lights when not in use, the same is encouraged for electronics and even some appliances. Don’t allow your Xbox to run when you aren’t playing a game, and shut off your computer you should definitely used. If no one is watching the television, turn that off too. The same goes for radios, coffee makers, fans, space heaters, curling irons, and anything that plugs into an outlet and turns on.

As for home appliances, try not to run a washer or dryer unless you have a full load, and don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s all the way full. One of the most important parts of conserving energy and saving on monthly utility bills is to have your devices serviced and cleaned regularly. If an appliance is old, worn down, or deteriorating, it will have to work harder to perform the same duties. This uses more energy and water. Change filters, flush tanks, and do what needs to be done to ensure your appliances are in prime condition.

Water

Mind your drinking water! We tend to waste a lot of water when washing our face or brushing our teeth. Many people like to let their shower run for a few minutes before stepping in, which also wastes a significant amount of drinking water. Try to control and regulate shower times, and shut down faucets when not in use. IF you spot a water leak, have it fixed right away! Also, try lowering your home’s water temperature to 120 degrees. This prevents scalding accidents as well.