Around the house
- Wash only full loads of clothes in the washing machine. Washing small loads uses over twice as much water per pound of laundry.
- When buying a new washing machine, consider purchasing a water-saving model.
- Insulate hot water pipes where possible to avoid long delays (and wasted water) while waiting for the water to “run hot.” When building a new home, keep the distance short between the hot water heater and showers and other places that hot water is used.
- Turn off home computers and televisions when not in use
- Minimize the amount of time refrigerator and freezer doors are open
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs where lights are on a lot of the time
- Turn the lights off when you leave the room
- Limit the use of small appliances during the day – especially heat producing appliances
(coffee makers, electric fryers, hairdryers, curling irons, etc.)
- Put timers on your dehumidifier or air purifiers so they run only at night
- Close shades and curtains during the day to keep the heat out.
- Turn on fans, rather than the air conditioner.
- Turn the air conditioner off when you are not at home.
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