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Flip the Switch: Energy Conservation in the Home . Green Living . Living Green. Refers to choices and activities that have a positive impact on our natural environment without reducing the quality of all aspects of life. So, What Can I Do to Conserve Energy in My Home?.

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Flip the switch energy conservation in the home

Flip the Switch:Energy Conservationin the Home

Green Living

Living green

Living Green

Refers to choices and activities that have a positive impact on our natural environment without reducing the quality of all aspects of life

So what can i do to conserve energy in my home

So, What Can I Do to Conserve Energy in My Home?

  • Change behavior

  • Use equipment efficiently

  • Maintain and repair

  • Replace with energy-efficient product

Where does my money go

Where Does My Money Go?


Change behavior minimum cost

Change Behavior (minimum cost)

Change behavior

Change Behavior

  • Use dishwasher and clothes dryer at night

  • Use cold water rather than hot water

  • Take short showers instead of baths

Change behavior1

Change Behavior

  • Don’t leave vent fans running longer than needed.

  • Plug home electronics into power strips; turn off the power strip when equipment is not in use.

  • Turn the computer and monitor off when not in use.

Change behavior2

Change Behavior

  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees. (Use hot water setting on dishwasher when illness in household.)

  • Unplug appliances that you are not using. (Just how many clocks do we need?)

Change behavior3

Change Behavior

  • Dress for the season.

  • On hot days, avoid using the oven.

  • Turn lights off when leaving a room.

Change behavior4

Change Behavior

  • Change your thermostat 8 degrees (set back for heat and set up for cool).

  • Use the ceiling fan for a wind chill effect (4 degrees).

  • Use ceiling fans only when you are in a room.

Change behavior5

Change Behavior

  • Use window treatments or coverings to reduce heat gain and/or loss.

  • Close the blinds when the sun shines on windows.

Change behavior6

Change Behavior

  • Minimize opening and closing the refrigerator and freezer.

  • Minimize activities that generate a lot of heat.

  • Close the outside doors to keep the cool air inside.

No cost to change behavior

No Cost to Change Behavior

  • What are others ways to change your behaviors in order to save the amount of electricity or gas you use in your home?

Use equipment efficiently

Use Equipment Efficiently

  • Use the moisture sensor on the dryer, and remove clothes from the dryer when dry.

  • Wash only full loads in the clothes washer and dishwasher.

  • Insulate your water heater tank.

  • Use the correct size sauce pan or skillet for the unit size.

Use equipment efficiently1

Use Equipment Efficiently

  • Install a programmable thermostat on the central heat and air system.

  • Provide shade for the exterior compressor.

  • Use landscaping to provide shade on doors and windows.

  • Ventilate and insulate the attic.

Use equipment efficiently2

Use Equipment Efficiently

  • CFLs produce less heat than incandescent lights.

  • One larger wattage bulb is more efficient that two smaller wattage bulbs.

  • Use task lighting.

Maintenance repair


  • Have the HVAC professionally checked annually.

  • Check AC duct work for air leaks.

  • Change or wash AC filters, as needed.

  • Caulk and weather strip to seal air leaks around doors and windows.

  • Have the water heater flushed, as needed.

Energy efficient products

Energy Efficient Products

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label.

    - Equipment

    - Appliances

    - Electronics

  • Products can earn the ENERGY STAR label by meeting the energy-efficiency requirements.




  • Incandescent bulbs are least efficient.

    • 90% of energy becomes heat.

    • 10% of energy becomes light.

  • Compact fluorescent lights are most efficient.

    • Creates less heat, and more of energy is converted to light.

Little changes add up

Little Changes Add Up!

  • By changing five bulbs at home that you use most with ENERGY STAR qualified models, a family would save about $60 every year in energy costs.

  • If every household did this, nationally we would save about $6.5 billion each year in energy costs.

Energy star change a light pledge

ENERGY STARChange a Light Pledge


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