Energy Saving Tips
Wondering about ways to reduce your energy consumption? Try some of these energy-saving ideas!
Heating and Cooling
  • Close your doors and windows. The air conditioner won’t work so hard to heat and cool your apartment.
  • Be Warm – Not Hot. This winter, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • Save up to 1% on your bill for every degree you turn down the thermostat.
  • Airing – open windows completely for four minutes, instead of leaving them ajar all day.
  • On hot summer days, open the windows after dark to exchange the hot air trapped inside your apartment with cool outside air.
  • Keep the heat in. Close the windows and blinds at night.
  • When you are asleep or away, turn your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours and save up to 10% on your energy bill.
  • Fix the thermostat if it’s broken.
  • During cold weather, take advantage of the sun's warmth by keeping blinds open during daylight hours.
  • To keep out the heat of the summer sun, close window blinds in warm weather. Solar heat coming through un-shaded windows can account for one-third your AC electricity usage.
Lighting
  • Remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Replace your bulbs with energy efficient CFLs. They will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb's lifetime.
  • This is sunny California. Take advantage of daylight when possible.
  • Dust your light bulbs regularly as dirt absorbs light and wastes energy.
  • Match light bulb wattage to your lighting needs.
Plug Load
  • If you plan on being away from your computer, shut it down or put it in sleep mode to save energy.
  • Electronics in standby mode can still consume power. Shut them off!
  • Any device that has a large plug or adapter will consume energy even when the device to be charged is not attached. Unplug anything not in use.
  • Using energy saving features on your laptop can extend the life of your battery and save you energy.
  • Use “smart” power strips to conveniently turn off devices such as your TV.
  • On a laptop running Windows, you can adjust the energy saving settings by right clicking on the small battery icon at the bottom right of your screen and selecting “power options.”
  • Printing can be the most energy-intensive step, so print only pages you need.
  • Screen savers, while effective in preserving the monitor, use the same amount of energy as when you are using the computer. Change your settings so the screen goes dark when the computer has been inactive for a little while.
  • Turn off your monitor when it is not in use. The monitor consumes over half of the energy used by a computer.
  • Plug all equipment into a power strip, and turn off all the equipment at once when not in use.
  • Gamers: Turn off your Xbox with the big button in the front, Playstation with the switch in the back, and Wii by holding the power button until the light turns red.
  • AC adapters and battery chargers can draw unnecessary power when not in use.
  • Done charging your mobile devices? Let’s unplug them.
Dishwasher
  • Wash only full loads of dishes. You’ll save energy and use less water.
  • Turn “Heated Dry” off.
  • Use the “Short Wash” mode on lightly soiled dishes.
  • Use energy saving cycles whenever possible.
  • Scrape your dishes instead of using the “Rinse” setting.
  • In the summer, use the dishwasher in the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning and late evening hours.
Fridge
  • Switch your refrigerator to the “Power Saver Setting.”
  • Keep the fresh food compartment at a cool 37 to 40 degrees F (Recommended setting “5” in your refrigerator).
  • Set your freezer section to 5 degrees F (Recommended setting “C” in your freezer).
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • A full freezer will perform better than a nearly empty freezer, because the cool air dissipates each time you open the door. Consider keeping a gallon or two of water in your freezer or fridge. It can double as an emergency supply!
  • Avoid putting hot foods directly into the refrigerator or freezer. Let them cool to room temperature first.
Other Kitchen
  • Use heat-producing appliances such as your range during the cooler nighttime hours.
  • Appliances and home electronics can make up 20% of the average household energy bill.
  • Don’t leave kitchen appliances (e.g., automatic coffeemaker) plugged in when not in use.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.