Reducing energy consumption and costs does not require sacrificing comfort. Here are the actions you can implement in your home at little to no cost. Start saving now to reduce your energy bills while helping the environment.
- Stay cool in the summer
Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher. Use fans to cool down and circulate the air instead of your air conditioner. Keep curtains or shades closed to keep the heat out.
- Stay warm in the winter
Set your thermostat at 68°F or lower and wear a cozy sweater. Close the drapes or blinds at night to insulate from the cold.
- Take advantage of natural sunlight
Open your blinds or curtains to light and heat your rooms.
- Replace lightbulbs
Replace all your light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These bulbs can last up to 17 years.
- Take shorter showers
Play a three-minute song while showering to help gauge the time.
- Use the dishwasher for full loads
Use the cool-dry cycle or turn it off after the final rinse and let dishes air dry.
- Increase your refrigerator temperature
Set your refrigerator between 36°F and 40°F and freezer to 0°F.
- Turn off lights
Turn off your lights when leaving a room, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- Unplug appliances
Power strips make it easier to turn them all off at once.
The SOMAH Program was designed to help our environment, property owners, tenants, contractors and job seekers. By joining the SOMAH Program, you will be investing in your housing’s value as well as your community, the environment, and a clean energy future.