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Saving on Utilities

How can I save money on electricity and gas?

The most important thing is to use gas and electricity wisely:

  • Turn off lights when you are not using them. Keep light bulbs clean so they stay bright.
  • Don't leave your TV set, radio or stereo turned on all day long when no one is paying attention.

In cold weather you should:

  • Dress warmly in your home.
  • Open the window coverings on the sunny side of your home during the day and let the sun give you "free heat".
  • Close window coverings on cloudy days or as soon as the sun sets.
  • Keep drapes, furniture and floor coverings from blocking hot and cold air return openings.
  • Use several light blankets to trap more warm air, rather than one heavy blanket.
  • Washing machines: use cold water to wash a full load.
  • Turn the thermostat down at night and during the day when you are gone.

How can I save water?

  • Don't leave water running while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Fill the sink to wash dishes, and fill to rinse instead of letting the water run. This will save about 5 gallons for an average dish load.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry.
  • Report leaking faucets and constantly running toilets to maintenance.
  • Don't leave home when you are watering your lawn.
  • Wash your car at a self-service carwash which recycles the water.