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Whether you rent or own a home, you can make decisions daily that can save you money. You’ll benefit from these low-to-no-cost everyday tips for saving on energy use.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently. (If you rent, ask your landlord to replace it.)
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • 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 water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths, and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air-dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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