Energy Saving Tips

  • Turn off all lights when there is no one occupying bathrooms, rooms and lounges.

  • Change personal clip-on and desk lamps to Energy Star CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs). These bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 10 times longer. An incandescent light bulb uses only 10% of the power to produce light; the rest of the electricity is wasted as heat energy.

  • Use natural lighting during the day.

  • Use clip-on or desk lamps and turn off overhead lights instead of using both.

  • Buy Energy Star appliances which reduce "vampire" loads (wasted standby power in many electronic devices) that account for 5% of electricity use in the U.S.

  • Enable power management features on computers and turn off computers when not in use. For guidance on power management features go to: Windows and Mac. A computer monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 sheets of paper.

  • Unplug chargers and adapters that are not in use.

  • Use night lights in bathroom that automatically turn off in the day and on at night.

  • Don’t keep the refrigerator door open. For every minute a refrigerator door is open, it will take three minutes for it to regain its temperature.

  • Use cold water cycles when washing clothes when possible.

  • Clean the dryer lint filter after each load to shorten drying time.

  • Check your refrigerator gasket for tightness with a dollar bill by closing the door on it. Feel if there is resistance as you pull it out. A tight gasket will save energy.

  • Set your refrigerator between 37°F and 40°F, anything colder wastes energy.

  • Use your microwave instead of your oven anytime you can.

  • Dry your clothes in the winter on an indoor clothes rack when possible. It will save energy and keep you healthier by raising the indoor humidity in your room.

  • Be creative and share energy saving tips you learn with those around you.

Visit the Green Tips page to learn more about how to reduce your environmental impact.