Energy Guide: It’s That Time of the Year!

Written by: Anisah Rodgers

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Everyone is staying indoors, cuddled up in blankets, sipping on a nice hot beverage. With winter here and the weather can be less than pleasant, this article will offer advice on what you can do to save energy or water during the cooler weather.

First, let’s talk about how to save water!

  1.  When washing your hands and brushing your teeth, make sure to turn off the water until you need it to rinse.
  2. I know the warm water feels nice in the winter, but try to take short showers – ideally less than eight minutes.
  3.  Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge to avoid the use of bottled water.
  4. If you have a dishwasher, use it! New dishwashers use only 3-4 gallons per load, while hand washing your dishes can use 20 gallons or more.
  5. If you plan on getting a new washing machine, make sure to find one that is an EnergyStar model. These washers consume only 13 gallons per load while standard ones can use 23 or more. For more information, check out this link: https://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances/clothes_washers.
  6. When washing fruits and vegetables, keep a pot or bowl in the sink so that most of the water doesn’t go down the drain. You can water plants with the collected water!

Now, let’s talk about conserving energy!

  1. During the winter, the U.S Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat temperature to 68 degrees when you are home. When away for 3-4 or more hours, you should set the thermostat between 50-60 degrees, that way less energy is used to heat the home back up when you arrive.
  2. Unplug appliances and devices, such as computers and TVs, because they still consume energy even when they are off.
  3. When doing laundry, make sure your loads are done one after another and make sure they are full loads! The dryer won’t use as much energy to heat up since it is already warm from the previous load.
  4. Make sure you have a proper layer of insulation! If not, put curtains around the windows so that the heat doesn’t escape. Make sure all your vents are open, too. With open vents your system doesn’t work as hard to get the heat out of the ducts.
  5. If you have a Christmas tree, only have your lights on at night! That way during the day you don’t waste energy when you can hardly see the lights radiating.

It’s easy to enjoy the holidays and save on your energy and water bills at the same time! If you happen to live in Walnut Creek, we would be happy to schedule a free home consultation and provide you with personalized tips for savings. You can contact us by calling 1-800-314-5997 or signing up online here.


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