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General Savings Checklist

Do you know how much money you can save by improving the energy efficiency of your home? Use the savings checklist below to find out. The littlest things can make a big difference!

Appliances: Annual Savings:
  • Turn off computer when not in use
  • up to $120
  • Set sleep mode on computer & monitor
  • up to $100
  • Turn off TV when not in use
  • $25-$45
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • up to $75
  • Line dry clothes
  • up to $200
  • Use a spin dryer to "pre-dry" clothes
  • up to $100
  • Dry multiple loads back-to-back (while dryer is warm)
  • $5
  • Separate quick drying from slow drying clothes
  • up to $10
  • Don't use "heated dry" setting on dishwasher
  • $60
  • Turn off 2nd refrigerator
  • $150-$250
  • Clean seals on refrigerator door
  • $3-$5,
    up to 2%
  • Clean coils in back of refrigerator
  • $3-$10,
    up to 4%
  • Turn off biggest phantom power users (vampires)
  • up to $150
  • Operate appliances during off-peak rates
  • up to $220
     
    Hot Water:  
  • Insulate hot water pipes:
  • $10-$20
  • Insulate hot water heater
  • up to $50,
    4-9%
  • Reduce hot water temperature on water heater to 120ºF
  • $20-$60,
    6-10%
  • Install aerators on faucets
  • $3-$5/aerator
  • Install low flow showerheads
  • $10-$40,
    3-6%
  • Don't pre-rinse dishes before putting in dishwasher
  • $40
  • Install water heater timer - use only with off peak rates
  • up to $150,
    up to 30%
       
    Lighting:  
  • Replace incandescents with compact fluorescent lights
  • $5-$10/bulb
  • Replace incandescents with night lights
  • $24/bulb
  • Replace halogen torchiere with CFL torchiere
  • $35/torchiere
    Building Envelope: Annual Savings:
  • Sealing air leaks: If you do all on list
  • up to $300,
    up to 20%
  • Seal openings into attic from pipes, vents, chimney
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  • Seal attic hatch door
  • up to $20,
    1-2%
  • Seal cracks, gaps in foundation
  • up to $50
  • Seal openings from basement into main floor
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  • Seal around windows and doors
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  • Close damper on fireplace when not in use
  • $60-$75,
    4-5%
  • Install fireplace doors (or seal fireplace if not used)
  • $45-$60,
    3-4%
  • Insulate attic and foundation
  • up to 20%
  • Insulate crawlspace or basement
  • up to $150,
    5-10%
  • Insulate attic hatch door
  • up to $20,
    1-2%
  • Weatherstrip and door sweeps on doors
  • $15-$20
  • Seal and insulate heating ducts
  • $75-$200,
    5-15%
  • Install foam gaskets on electrical outlets
  • up to $15
  • Seal off unused or little-used rooms
  • up to $200,
    up to 10%
  • Turn off bathroom and kitchen fans when not needed
  • up to $30,
    up to 2%
  • Windows: Do all on list
  • up to $150,
    up to 10%
  • Latch windows securely
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  • Install storm windows if you have them
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  • Repair broken windows
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  • Install plastic sheeting on the interiors of single pane windows
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  • Close drapes or blinds on windows
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  • Open drapes or blinds on sunny days
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    Heating System:  
  • Add heat exchanger to fireplace to supplement heat
  • up to $500,
    up to 30%
  • Change furnace filters regularly
  • up to $100,
    up to 5%
  • Annual maintenance on furnace
  • up to $200,
    5-10%
  • Insulate water pipes in homes with hot water heating systems
  • up to $100,
    up to 5%
  • Install radiator reflectors between radiators and walls
  • up to $100,
    up to 5%
  • Turn down thermostat
  • up to $300,
    up to 20%
  • Install programmable thermostat
  • up to $300,
    up to 20%