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.