Easy ways to get started saving energy
These are easy, free, painless ways to save energy. Right. This. Minute.
Sign up for your FREE Energy Saver Kit from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Start your home energy upgrade with some LED light bulbs and low flow shower heads today (if you are a Pacific Power or Cascade Natural Gas customer). Your savings could reach up to $100!
Wash your clothes in cold water. Did you know that 90% of the energy used in washing clothes goes toward heating water? And that today’s cold-water detergents get your clothes just as clean as warm water washing? You’re welcome.
Use a Kill-A-Watt to measure appliance use in your home. Knowledge really is power. These devices allow you to measure how much energy individual appliances are using. You can check out Kill-A-Watt meters from the library.
These are still super easy and also low-cost ways to save energy. In most cases, more so than the time or money you invested into the project.
Change your furnace filters regularly. Replace furnace filters as much as once per month during intensive heating and cooling seasons and at least every 3 months. Its purpose is to trap dust and dirt so that they don’t collect and reduce the flow of heated air into your home. While you’re at it, check to make sure that all hot air registers are open and unobstructed and the cold air returns are open and accessible and that accessible duct work doesn’t have leaks.
Make Draft Stoppers. You know—door snakes! Place them in front of doors or windows to stop drafts. You can get crafty and make your own. In case you aren’t as creative as you might like to think, you could:
Insulate water heater and pipes. Some water heaters may already be insulated. Insulating pipes makes the most sense if the distance traveled by the pipes is far, the pipes are exposed to cold air, or if you use a lot of hot water.