Here’s a simple checklist to give you an idea of the things
you can learn about in this guide:
To Do Today:
Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).
You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
Chick if your water heater has an insulating blanket. An insulating
blanket will pay for itself in one year or less.
If you have one of those “silent guzzlers,” a waterbed, make your bed
today. The covers will insulate it, and save up to one-third of the energy
Start using energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing
machines, and clothes dryers.
Survey your incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with
compact fluorescents. These new lamps can save three-quarters of
the electricity used by incandescents. The best targets are 60-100W bulbs
used several hours a day. Measure the clearance in the fixtures to make
sure they will accommodate compact fluorescents, which are slightly bigger
Check the age and condition of your major appliances, especially the
refrigerator. You may want to replace it with a more energy-efficient
model before it dies.
Clean or replace furnace, air-conditioner, and heat-pump filters.
To Do, This Week:
Visit the hardware store. Buy a water-heater blanket, low-flow shower-heads,
faucet aerators, and compact fluorescents, as needed. Save gas and time -- order online here.
Rope caulk very leaky windows.
Assess your heating and cooling systems. Determine if replacements we
justified, or whether you should retrofit them to make them work more
efficiently—to provide the same comfort (or better) for less energy.