- Replace your air filters regularly at least once per month. The maintenance office will be happy to provide you with filters and show you how to replace them.
- Try using cool water and cool water detergents for washing clothes.
- Set your dishwasher to air dry.
- Grill out instead of using your oven. This will help keep heat out of your home and is a great family activity.
Did you know there are probably at least 10 items in your home from cell phone chargers to game consoles that use electricity even when they are not in use? These items can use up to one month’s electricity in a year! Do a quick walk through of your home and count the cell phone chargers, computers, game consoles etc., that are in standby mode, but still using power. Make this a family activity during the summer as a great way to gain buy-in of all family members in your energy saving efforts.
Smart Power Strips are a great solution for energy savings and protecting expensive electronics. A Smart Strip will turn components off (like your plasma TV) but keep your DVR running so you can still record episodes of your favorite shows. The strips also provide surge protection and even insurance for electronics if they were to be damaged in a power surge. A Smart Strip will pay for itself in no time.