Susan S. Kaplan
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
Alas, we all feel the approach of summer’s end. But during these last warm weeks, here are some important energy-saving tips to keep in mind. Install low-flow showerheads, to reduce your water heating costs.
- Use your ceiling fan instead of the air conditioner.
- Use an outdoor grill for cooking.
- Wear lighter clothes and keep hydrated so you don’t need an air conditioner.
- Keep lamps, T.V. sets, and other appliances away from thermostats if possible. They will make the room seem hotter and make the air conditioner run longer than necessary.
- Turn your hot water heater temperature down; hot water heating can account for a large percentage of the energy consumed in your home.
- Shorten showers. Simply reducing lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. And that can save you money!
Follow our Energy Smarts Twitter account, @EnergySmarts, for frequent updates on what you can do to help conserve energy this summer. Here are more of this season’s tips.
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