Small Changes to Save Energy and Money

Small changes can help you save energy and money:

  • The number of times you turn off and on an energy-efficient CFL bulb affects its lifespan. Keep your bulbs burning bright by following a rule-of-thumb from the U.S. Department of Energy.  If you’ll return to the room within 15 minutes, leave it on. Otherwise, turn it off.
  • Rather than breaking out your electric- or gas-powered blower to round up loose leaves, use a rake or a broom instead.
  • Wait to run your dishwasher until it’s completely full. You’ll save water and energy on water heating by reducing the number of loads you do each day.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan so that it spins clockwise. This will push the warm air near your ceiling toward the floor.