Take Action to Clean The Air Through Energy Efficiency at Home
The small choices we make at home affect the air we all breathe, and by conserving energy YOU can help clean the air. In fact, if every home in Utah shaved their energy usage by just 10%, we could save nearly 900 million kWh of electricity and over 7,000 million cubic feet of natural gas annually - combined, that's 425 million pounds of CO2 each year! Most homes and businesses can easily cut energy costs by 20%, if not more, by reducing inefficient energy use. Cutting energy waste in your home doesn't have to be difficult.
1. Five-minute Fixes
Lower the temperature on your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).
Set your fridge to 38-42°F and your freezer to 0-5°F.
Lower blinds to avoid excess heating during the summer. Open blinds on sunny days during the winter to add heat.
Adjust your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer (78-80°F) and a few degrees lower in the winter (68-70°F). When you are asleep or away from home, set your thermostat 7-10°F higher in the summer and lower in the winter. You can save 10% on your heating and cooling costs a year if done 8 hours a day.
Don't let phantom loads drain your wallet! Some devices use power whenever they are plugged in, even if they're turned off or not being used. Unplug devices that aren't in use, or plug devices into a power strip that can be switched off. These changes can save up to 12% off your electricity bill each year.
- Reduce Air Pollution from our Home Info Graphic
- Energy Efficiency for Homes: U.S. Department of Energy
- ENERGY STAR
- Consumer Guide to Home Energy Saving: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
- Home Energy Saver Calculator
- Home Energy Rating Score: Residential Energy Services Network
- Building Performance Institute