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Energy Saving Tips

If you’re struggling with high utility bills, the Energy Resource Center can help you make big permanent changes. We generally have a waiting list for our income-qualified assistance program. In the meantime, there are things you can do yourself that will help reduce your energy bills.

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Free things you can do to save electricity

Turn off lights and other appliances when they’re not in use.
Unplug any appliances and electronic devices you rarely use.
Set your hot water heater between 120 and 140 degrees.
Wipe the coils on the back of your refrigerator to clear dust and lint.
Scrape thick frost out of your freezer.
Use one large light bulb instead of multiple small ones.
Fill – but don’t overload – your clothes dryer.
Use your range-top instead of the oven when you can.
Don’t boil water in an open pan. Cover it to let heat build faster.

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Free things you can do to save natural gas

Clean your furnace filter.
Close heating vents and doors to unoccupied rooms.
Open your drapes on sunny days in the winter.
Set your hot water heater between 120 and 140 degrees.
Lower your thermostat at night and when no one is home.
Insulate accessible heating ducts in unheated areas.
Close the fireplace damper.

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Free things you can do to save water:

Repair leaky faucets and running toilets.
Fill your dishwasher completely before running it.
Turn water off while you brush your teeth.

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Free things you can do to save water:

Repair leaky faucets and running toilets.
Fill your dishwasher completely before running it.
Turn water off while you brush your teeth.

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Low-cost energy and water saving measures:

Use weather stripping in gapped doors.
Caulk drafty windows.
Wrap heating and cooling ducts in duct wrap.
Install water saving shower heads.
Replace furnace filters regularly.
Change standard or fluorescent light bulbs out for LED or CFL bulbs.
Install insulated curtains over drafty windows.

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Low-cost energy and water saving measures:

Use weather stripping in gapped doors.
Caulk drafty windows.
Wrap heating and cooling ducts in duct wrap.
Install water saving shower heads.
Replace furnace filters regularly.
Change standard or fluorescent light bulbs out for LED or CFL bulbs.
Install insulated curtains over drafty windows.