If you’re looking for ways that you and your family can reduce your energy use, keep track of your consumption by saving your bills, and noting the dates of any major changes (eg. severe weather, new appliance, change of routine, etc.). Then compare your consumption and spending to previous years’ results. Meanwhile, here are some "electrical switches" you can make right away, for a noticeable cost reduction:
- Switch to newer, smaller fluorescent bulbs.
- Switch large or multi-light fixtures to dimmer controls.
- Switch to water-saving showerheads.
- Switch your laundry wash to cold water – most washing energy is spent making hot water.