Managing Energy Costs

Ways to Save

Today it is more important than ever to conserve energy. By using a little less electricity each day, we can help the environment and save money.

The first step to saving is knowing how much energy you use and what it is costing you. From there you can take the necessary steps to reduce your usage and costs.

Follow these guidelines to help save on your next energy bill:

  • Unplug all electronic gadgets, such as cell phones and laptop computers. These gadgets are sometimes called "Energy Vampires" and use energy even when turned off.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs throughout your home with more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Not only are CFLs more energy efficient, but they have a substantially longer life span than an incandescent bulb and will save you money.
  • Save approximately $18 a month by turning your thermostat back approximately 4 degrees in the winter and up 3 degrees in the summer.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water and you could save $6 a month.
  • Install thicker insulation in your attic and you could save $35 a month.
  • Seal leaky ductwork, caulking around windows, and weather stripping around doors for a potential $14 savings each month.
  • Save a few dollars each month by dropping your water heater temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.