21 Ways to Use Energy Wisely


  1. Turn down the heat to 65 degrees F. at night and when you leave home.  (However babies and elderly people need a higher room temperature than other people and a safer room temperature for this, 70 degrees F.
  2. Don’t block radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies.
  3. Vacuum the dust from radiators, heat and air conditioning vents, and baseboard heaters because dust reduces their efficiency.
  4. Bleed air trapped in radiators to improve water circulation.
  5. When the heating season begins, close all storm windows and lock your inside sashes. If you open a bedroom window at night, close the door.
  6. Close your curtains at night to cut down heat loss.
  7. Close closet doors.
  8. Shut the fireplace damper so heat doesn’t go up the chimney.
  9. Cover through-the-wall air conditioners so cold air can’t leak into your home.  Close central air conditioning vents.
Hot Water
  1. Have dripping faucets fixed.
  2. When shaving or washing up, fill the sink half-way instead of letting the water run.
  3. Turn off the water heater when  you’re away from home for an extended time (such as a weekend trip or vacation).
  4. Take showers instead of baths.
  5. If you have a gas water heater, drain half a bucket of water from the faucet at the bottom of your water heater tank every two months to remove rust and sludge that can collect there.
  6. Set your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees F.
Washer and Dryer
  1. Always put a full load of clothes in the washer.
  2. Presoak heavily soiled clothes to avoid having to rewash them, and use cold water, not hot.
  3. Remove clothes from the dryer when they’re slightly damp if you are going to iron immediately
  4. Keep the lint filter clean.
  5. Do two or more dryer loads in a row.
  6. Dry your clothes outdoors when possible.
*Disclaimer*  This information was taken from Western Mass Electric Company

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