Energy Saving Tips
Tips to help you save money and energy in your home, powered by the #1 Energy Efficiency Provider in the nation.
Tips for Saving Energy At Home
- Dishwashing – You could save about $1,300 worth of energy and nearly 230 hours per year of personal time by using a dishwasher instead of handwashing. While you’re home, this is a great time to teach your kids how to use the dishwasher and other home appliances.
- Lighting - Monitoring lighting use is an easy way to cut back on energy. Don’t forget to turn lights off when you leave a room, take advantage of natural light, and use lamps over your desk instead of lighting the whole area.
- Smart Strips - A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about a quarter of home energy consumption is used on idling devices. Consider using a smart power strip to shut down power to products that aren’t being used. You can also unplug TVs, computers, and gaming consoles when you’re done using them to save energy.
- Sleep Mode - Be sure to adjust your power management settings so that your computer and monitor go into “sleep mode” when they’re not being used to reduce the amount of energy wasted while your computer is idling.
- Cooking - An easy way to save energy while preparing home-made meals is to limit the amount of times you open your oven and refrigerator doors. Allowing heat or cold air to escape will cause your appliances to work harder and use more energy. Check out the ENERGY STAR Flip Your Fridge calculator to see how much energy your fridge uses.
- Pressure Cooking - Looking to try something new for your home-made meals? Consider using a programmable pressure cooker instead of the oven. Not only will it help decrease your home’s energy use, it will also reduce cooking time by about 70%. Try a recipe from Pressure Cooking Today to save energy and money.
- Water Heater - According to Energy.gov, turning down your water heater temperature can reduce its energy use by 4-22% each year, and save you money on your energy bill.
Ways To Learn About Saving Energy
- Looking for some new online activities for kids? Visit our e-smart kids page for a variety of educational, energy and safety-related activities.
- Are you searching for ways to keep your kids learning while schools are closed? Check out the ENERGY STAR kids portal for energy and environment-related facts and activities for your children.