ENERGY ACTIONS

Get Smart About Electricity

 
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Lighting Efficiency

Lighting is in the midst of a revolution. The standard incandescent bulb that transformed our ability to light our homes has become an energy-wasting relic of the past. You might be surprised by how much money you can save by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs—such as LEDs, or compact fluorescents (CFLs)—that use roughly 75 percent less energy and last far longer.

  • Turn off unnecessary lights

  • Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs

    LEDs use about 25 percent of the energy used by corresponding incandescent bulbs saving you money and greenhouse gas emissions.

 
 

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Appliance Efficiency

Transform your home energy use by choosing the right appliances. If it’s time for an update, look for energy star®–certified appliances that save you money on operating costs once you bring them home. Many utility providers offer mail-in rebates for these energy-saving appliances.

  • Buy an energy-efficient refrigerator

    A new energy star®-certified refrigerator uses about 20 percent less energy than a standard new refrigerator—a wise investment that pays off over time.

  • Machine-wash dishes

    Hand-washing dishes uses more hot water and energy than machine-washing. Be sure to run only full loads.

  • Use your dryer’s moisture sensor

    If you can’t line-dry your clothes (a highly efficient option), many dryers have a moisture sensor that can automatically shut off the machine once clothes are dry.

 
 

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Switch to Renewable Energy

Start using renewable electricity if your utility provider offers it. You can sometimes buy solar- or wind-powered electricity from them for a small extra fee. You can choose to support the early stages of the renewable transition in your community, keeping jobs and money in your town while protecting the environment. And, if your budget permits, consider adding solar to your own home.

  • Purchase renewable energy from your utility company

    Check to see if your utility company offers solar or wind-powered electricity as an option. Many do.

  • Install solar, wind, or geothermal energy

    Explore government incentive programs and loans that might help reduce your costs.