Switch to CFL or LED Lightbulbs
By switching to compact fluorescent (CFL's) or LED light bulbs you can save between 75-90% CFL's and LEDs also last longer, 7-8 years, 25-30 years, respectively.
Clean Refrigerator Coils
Use a duster or wire brush to clean refrigerator coils twice per year. The coils are located either underneath or behind the refrigerator. You save about 6% on refrigeration cost by keeping your coils clean.
Unplug Appliances When Not in Use
Phantom Energy is the energy used in stand by mode. Unplug all your plugins when they're not in use. For places where there are multiple plugins use a power strip to make this task easier.
Be Smart With The Sun
In cooler temperatures make sure to allow the sunlight into the house to help with heating. Close the curtains or blinds once the sun sets to reduce heat loss through the windows. In warmer months block warm sunlight from warming up the house to help save on cooling cost.
Want to do even more?
- Attend an Empower Basic Energy Efficiency Workshop. These free one hour workshops are a hands on experience in learning no cost and low cost ways to save on your utility bill.
- Download the Empower Chattanooga Energy Savings Checklist. This is a comprehensive checklist of low cost and no cost changes that add up to make a huge difference in utility usage.
- Sign up for EPB's Escore energy evaluation for your home. This free program will provide a list of recommendations to make a home more efficient and offers rebates to home owners looking make energy efficient upgrades.
- Participate in Save it Forward - donate a portion of your utility savings to educate more low income families!