Save Energy

There are a variety of ways you can save energy.

Step 1: Start with a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit

Note: Clallam County PUD is partnering with the North Olympic Library System to offer residents a way to measure how much energy their appliances use. With a “Watt Detector,” they can also reduce the amount of electricity they use and lower their bills. Watt Detector Kits are available for check-out to consumers through participating libraries. 

Step 2: Once you’ve completed your audit, the following are measures you can take ranging from no-, or low-cost (especially important for renters who can’t make permanent modifications to their home) to measure that pay for themselves over time.

No-Cost Measures

  • Examples of how to use the “off” switch more often, e.g.:
  • Use your home’s energy saving features, e.g.:
  • Maximize your home’s lighting potential
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Low-Cost Measures

  • Install a low-flow showerhead.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet & switch-plate covers.
  • Put rugs on cold floors
  • Install and properly use a …
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Measures that Pay-off in 2 – 5 Years

  • Increase attic insulation to R-38 (the current requirement for new homes).
  • Insulate floors over unheated spaces to R-19.
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Measures that Take Over 5 Years to Pay-off

  • When replacing your windows, choose Energy Star® certified windows. They cost a little more than similar uncertified windows, save energy and increase comfort.
  • Add do-it-yourself insulated (quilted) window covers (minimum R-3 and costing less than $5/sq.ft.) or install…
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Additional Web Resources:

US Dept of Energy Energy Saver Guide

WSU Energy Saving Tips

Energy Efficiency at Home

Typical Appliance Energy Use and Costs