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Metering gives you control of energy cost! There are small changes you can make in your household that will have a big impact on your energy usage and ultimately, your bill.
Below are some helpful tips to make your household more energy efficient:
Heating & Cooling
- Use fans instead of air conditioners. If you must use an air conditioner, turn the temperature setting up so that it runs the least amount of time possible.
- In the winter, open your curtains during the day to let in the sun and close them at night to keep the heat in.
- Use a microwave or toaster oven instead of the oven to heat up, toast or cook small amounts of food.
- Don’t overfill the fridge, but keep the freezer as full as possible; when you need to defrost food, put it in your fridge, instead of on the counter.
- Unplug power adapters when not in use because they keep using electricity even when the appliances are turned off.
- Use compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) in fixtures that are on more than four hours a day. They are expensive to buy, but will save you money in the long term.
- Use a clothes dryer, clean the lint trap after every load and make sure the vent isn’t blocked. Add a dry towel to help spread the moisture around and dry similar thickness clothes together.
- Avoid putting really wet clothes in the dryer. Run the spin cycle again or wring them out by hand. If drying more than one load, do the second load right away so the dryer doesn’t cool down.