• Save Energy and Money Today

    Did you know that the typical U.S. family spends more than $1,600 a year on home utility bills? Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. And electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. And as for the road, transportation accounts for 66% of all U.S. oil consumption. Start making small changes today (see the tips below).

    Energy-efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can yield long-term financial rewards. Reduced utility bills more than make up for the higher price of energy-efficient appliances and improvements over their lifetimes. In addition, your home could bring in a higher price when you sell.

    Tips to Save Energy Today

    Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.

    • Set your thermostat comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer. Install a programmable thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling system.

    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.

    • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.

    • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

    • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

    • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.

    • Take short showers instead of baths.

    • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

    • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.

    • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.