Energy Saving Tips

Additional Pages for Energy Education


Turning the thermostat down from 72 degrees to 68 degrees can cut your heating bill by as much as 20%.

Turn the thermostat down to 55 degrees or off when sleeping or leaving the house.  Installing a setback thermostat can also save you money.

Use a small space heater, such as a quartz heater, to keep you warm instead of heating the whole house with a central furnace.

Heat only the rooms that are in use.

Wear warm clothes and snuggle up into a blanket when watching TV or reading a book at night rather than turning on a heater. Wearing a hat can also help you stay warm. 

Conserve heat by closing the curtains when direct sunlight is not available and opening them to the sun when the sun is out.



SAFETY TIP- Turn your hot water heater to 120 degrees or lower. This will prevent you from being scalded by the hot water and will save money.

Repair water leaks and drips as soon as possible.

Use a timer on the water heater so that it is running only during peak use times.  It takes approximately one hour to completely heat the contents of the water heater.

Take shorter showers, you use less hot water.  Also, take showers instead of baths which use more hot water, which costs more.

Wash clothes in cold water.  Use only full loads for the washing machine and dishwasher.

Don’t use the dry cycle on the dishwasher.  Open the dishwasher allowing dishes to air dry instead. This saves money and energy.



Use a microwave or toaster oven to prepare meals whenever possible. 

When using your oven, try using as much oven space as possible by cooking whole meals or several meals at once. 

Preheating an oven is generally not necessary and costs money.

Cover pots with a lid when cooking to reduce cooking time.  Also, use a burner that is slightly smaller than the pot.

Turn off burners just before the end of cooking time let the heat inside the pot cook the food. This saves money. 



Turn off all lights not in use, even if you leave the room for a few minutes.

Replace incandescent bulbs with energy saving compact florescent bulbs. This saves money and they last longer.

Replace traditional floor lamps with new energy saving torchiere fluorescent lamps. These lights use 1/3 of the energy of a traditional floor lamp.


Clean the dryer filter after each use.

Heating the water for a waterbed can run from $15 to $25 monthly.  Turn the thermostat down and keep the mattress and frame insulated as much as possible to reduce your heating costs.

Line-dry your clothes outside whenever possible – the sun is free! Or use an indoor drying rack when the weather is poor.

Hold a family meeting to discuss these or other ideas you have to conserve energy.


For more information,m contact the Energy Demonstration staff or use the energy library at the Demonstration Center.