Electric Conservation Tips
Turn off lights when not in use. Lighting is responsible for approximately 11% of a home's energy bill. By turning off lights you don't need, you'll begin saving right away.
Turn off and unplug all non-essential appliances. Some devices are drawing small amounts of power all the time while plugged in, even when not turned on.
Close vents in unused spaces or rooms.
Turn off the bathroom exhaust fan when the heating or airconditioning is in use.
For each degree you turn down the thermostat in winter, you'll save up to 5% on heating costs.
Make sure windows and doors close properly to avoid heat or air-conditioning escaping when in use. Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
Use an electric shaver or fill the sink with a little water to rinse your razor instead of rinsing in running water.
Using the garbage disposal less often and your trash can more, will help conserve electricity and water.
Line dry clothes whenever you can and clean the lint trap after each use. Dry two or more loads in a row, to take advantage of the heat.
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Gas Conservation Tips
Ranges, ovens and grills account for 6% of the natural gas in your home. Check and clean the burners frequently. Allowing them to become blocked with food and ash reduces their efficiency. A blue flame indicates good combustion in the burner. If the flame is yellow, there is a problem with combustion and you may need to have the appliance serviced by a professional.
Preheat the oven only long enough to reach the target temperature. Excessive preheating wastes gas. Use a toaster oven for smaller meals. They use much less electricity than the regular oven.
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Water Conservation Tips
Planning and Design
When developing a new landscape or renovating an existing apartment plan, proper planning and design are essential to creating a landscape that is water-wise.
Toilet leaks lose up to 200 gallons of water per day. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Shortening a shower by one or two minutes can save up to 150 gallons per month.
Baths use up to 50 gallons of water. A 5 minute shower only uses 20 gallons of water, even with an unrestricted showerhead. If you upgrade to a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce this number to less than 10 gallons of water for a 5 minute shower.
Leaky faucets and plumbing joints can lose up to 20 gallons per day. Report and have any leaks fixed immediately. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
Load dishes according to manufacturer's instructions. Completely fill the racks to optimize water and energy use. Use energy saving cycles whenever possible.
Only run washer when it is full. This can save up to 500 gallons per month. Mark the water level to the load size Rinse in cold water to reduce your energy use by 75%.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan or bowl rather than in running water. Place a bucket in the shower to capture water while you are waiting for it to reach optimal temperature. Reuse the water you collect for houseplants.
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