The cheapest kilowatt-hour is the one you don't use. Conserving energy means adjusting your daily habits and lifestyles to use less energy. It is often assumed to mean "going without," but in reality, energy conservation is more about eliminating wasteful energy use.
Resources to Help You Conserve
Did you know?
- Conservation is the least expensive way to reduce your energy use.
- According to ENERGY STAR®, consumers can save $180 per year by properly setting their thermostats and maintaining those settings. Turn the temperature up in the summer and down in the winter.
- Many electronics and appliances use electricity even when they're not turned on. Computers, televisions, small kitchen appliances, and cell phone or camera chargers are the main culprits of "phantom" energy use. Unplug them when they're not in use, or connect them to a power strip that can be turned on when needed.
- You can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by properly sealing your home, according to ENERGY STAR.
- By taking steps to conserve energy in your home, you'll not only save money on your energy bills, you'll also help the environment.