There are many energy reducing measures that you can use to lower your energy use. Many of these measures are no cost or low cost, and can immediately begin to lower your energy needs.

Replace halogen bulbs or incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). On average, CFLs use 75% less energy, last up to 10 times longer, produce the same amount of light, and do not get as hot as traditional light bulbs reducing the risk of fire and burns.

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  • Use dimming switches or 3-way lamps to reduce your energy consumption to the lowest needed wattage. Install timers, motion activated or photoelectric switches for exterior lighting, that only turn your lights on when you need them.
  • If using a clothes dryer, clean the lint screen after every load to improve air flow and the removal of moisture.
  • Use microwaves or toaster ovens instead of the conventional oven or stove.
  • Do not unnecessarily open the oven door as the temperature in the oven will drop up to 25°F–30°F each time.
  • Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans, as this shortens cooking time.
  • Cook during the early morning or late evening hours in the summer.
  • Be sure to thaw food before cooking it.