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Conservation Tips

Resources Conservation tips

Follow these tips to dramatically reduce your utility costs.


  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons per month
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost instead and save gallons every time
  • Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants
  • Keep your shower under 5 minutes and you could save up to 1,000 gallons per month
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you just discovered a leak. Having a slow leak repaired could save you around 600 gallons a month (A toilet flapper stuck in a wide open position can waste abound 3,000 gallons per day!)
  • Have leaky faucets repaired and you can save over 500 gallons per month
  • Match the water level to the size of your load when doing laundry
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 4 gallons per minute. That equates to 800 gallons per month for a family of four
  • Turn off the water while you shave and save more than 400 gallons per month
  • Plug the bathtub before adjusting the temperature as the tub fills up


  • Turn the air conditioner off when you are not at home. Also, raise the thermostat setting on your air conditioner 5° to 6° F
  • Turn on fans, rather than air conditioners, to circulate air
  • Close shades and curtains during the day to keep the heat out
  • Put timers on your dehumidifier or air purifiers so they run only at night
  • Run your dishwasher in the early morning or late evening, and make sure it is full
  • Wash clothes in the early morning or late evening
  • If you have an electric water heater, shower and wash clothes and dishes in the late evening
  • Limit the use of small appliances during the day – especially heat producing appliances (such as toasters, coffee makers, electric fryers or griddles, hair dryers, curling irons, etc.)
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs where lights are on a lot of the time
  • Minimize the amount of time refrigerator and freezer doors are open
  • Turn off home computers and televisions when not in use


  • Lower your thermostat. Save from 3% to 5% on your heating costs for each degree lowered
  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water
  • Use energy saving settings on home appliances
  • Close vents in unused rooms
  • Allow sunlight to enter your home during the day by raising blinds or opening curtains
  • Close heavy drapes to add insulation
  • Use plastic window coverings on drafty windows
  • Make sure your fireplace damper is closed when not in use
  • If you have a gas fireplace, turn the pilot off during the warm and hot months
  • Promptly turn off kitchen, bath, or other ventilating fans off when not in use