Energy Saving Tips

General Tips:

  • Turn off the lights. It's a myth that switching lights on and off uses more energy. Use natural light when possible. 
  • Don't leave appliances on "standby." Standby settings can still use over 40% of the energy needed to power the product (e.g. computers, TV, DVD players). Turn electronics off when not in use, especially overnight and during long breaks.
  • Turn off your computer monitor if leaving your computer for more than a few minutes; the monitor uses the majority of a computer's energy.
  • Unplug chargers once electronics are fully charged. Your chargers will continue to consume energy when they are plugged into an outlet, even after your device has been unplugged.
  • Turn down your thermostat, or use a programmable thermostat to only heat your home when somebody is home.
  • Turn your water heater down to the warm setting for regular use and to the vacation setting when you are on vacation.
  • Keep showers short. This will save both water and energy, since using less hot water will decrease the amount of energy your water heater consumes.

Kitchen Tips:

  • Use a lid when heating water. A lid will decrease the amount of heat that escapes from the pot, saving time and energy.
  • Warm food at a low temperatureOnce things are boiling, turn heat down.
  • Only boil as much water as necessary, whether for making pasta or tea. Heating excess water equals wasted energy.