Low-Cost Measures

  1. Install a low-flow showerhead.
  2. Install foam gaskets behind outlet & switch-plate covers.
  3. Put rugs on cold floors
  4. Install and properly use a programmable thermostat
  5. Switch from incandescent and/or halogen bulbs to  LEDs.
  6. Buy surge protector strips for your appliances, so you can turn off several at once, while protecting them from surges.
  7. Install a low-flow showerhead and save up to 15% of your home’s water use
  8. Air seal your home against energy draining drafts.
  9. Fix any leaks in your pipes and faucets
  10. Swap your incandescent holiday lights for LED holiday lights.
  11. Replace incandescent nightlights with LED or luminescent models
  12. Use ceiling fans to save energy year round
  13. Install automatic lighting controls in your home
  14. Make sure your heating system is properly maintained
  15. Insulate your hot water pipes to minimize heat loss
  16. Improve the efficiency of your swimming pool/spa/hot tub
  17. Consider swapping your desktop computer for a laptop model. Laptops can use 90% less energy than a desktop

Source Material: Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program at the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance. January 2003