From the Bay to Boise

Every month, that energy bill comes in the mail. With a bit of help, you can get your energy costs under control, and get that bill looking leaner every month! Now the only question is, what are you going to do with all those savings?

Select energy-efficient windows, skylights, and doors when replacing existing ones. Storm windows, caulking, weather stripping, and window treatments can all be used to reduce heat loss or gain.

Always purchase energy-efficient appliances, and be sure you always operate them in an efficient manner.

Unplug devices when they are not in use.

Do all your laundry on the same day. You’ll be able to take advantage of residual heat in the dryer and wash larger loads. Air dry when possible.

When it comes to lighting, only use task-lighting to provide enough light for what you are doing. Dimmers and energy-efficient light bulbs add to overall efficiency.

Keep the thermostat a couple of degrees less than normal to really cut energy costs. Start by turning it down at night or when you are heading out for a few hours.

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