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Conservation Tips

You can get started saving money and energy right now by following these tips:

Ranges

  • When you’re cooking, adjust the flame to fit the bottom of the pot or pan. Turning up the flame beyond the bottom only wastes energy.
  • Keep the burner surfaces clean.
  • Cover pots and pans with lids when cooking.
  • Cook food at high heat to bring to temperature then reduce to complete cooking.

Sinks and Showers

  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Install low volume showerheads and faucets.

Washers and Dryers

  • Use a water-level setting that matches the size of the load you’re washing.
  • Select the proper setting and time for the clothing type and load size.
  • In your dryer, separate heavier clothes (towels, heavy cottons) from the lightweight fabrics (synthetics) for more efficient drying.
  • Dry full loads, but be sure not to overload your dryer.
  • Clean the dryer’s lint filter before every load.
  • Don't add wet clothes during the drying cycle.
  • Don't over-dry clothes. Use the automatic moisture control if your dryer has one, or select the appropriate amount of time on the automatic timer.
  • Be sure the outside dryer vent is free of any obstructions and the vent cover fully opens when the dryer is in use.

Water Heaters and Furnaces

  • Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Put an insulation wrap around the sides of your water heater. (But remember: Never put insulation on the top of the heater or near the bottom.)
  • Add insulation in your attic.
  • Lower the thermostat when no one is home.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature each day.
  • Clean or replace all filters at least once per month.
  • Have the system inspected and maintained regularly.
  • Keep heating and return vents free of all obstructions for proper airflow.

For more great tips, check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers site.