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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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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
Change Behavior
  • Use dishwasher and clothes dryer at night
  • Use cold water rather than hot water
  • Take short showers instead of baths
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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?)
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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.
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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.
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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