In these days of constantly rising energy costs, energy efficiency is more important than ever before. Your co-op wants to help you manage your energy costs and save money. That's why we from time to time develop different publications to help make you aware of simple changes you can implement in your home or place of business to help you conserve energy and save money.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a number of helpful energy efficiency publications in [pdf] format. Click on the [pdf]s at the bottom of this page to learn more about energy efficiency and conservation.

Energy Efficiency Tips for Kids

Here are a few energy efficiency tips just for kids:

  • Turn off lights, computers, TVs, game consoles and other electrical stuff when you aren't using them.
  • Replace regular light bulbs with energy-saving Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) --those squiggly bulbs. They'll last up to ten times longer than regular light bulbs and use much less energy. If you don't have any in your home, ask mom or dad if you can purchase some the next time you go to the store.
  • Don't leave the refrigerator door open. Cold air escapes each time you open the refrigerator door, wasting lots of energy. So decide what you want before opening the door and then quickly open the door and reach for the items you want. Then carefully close the door.
  • Take short showers instead of long baths. Showers use much less water and electricity than baths.
  • Plant a tree. Trees create shade around your home and help keep it cool.
  • Set your heating/cooling thermostat to 78° in the summer and 68° in the winter.
  • Check windows and doors for air leaks. If you find leaks, ask parents to seal with caulk or weatherstripping.
  • Turn off all lights when you leave a room.
  • If you are helping your parents cook dinner on the stove top, make sure that you match the size of pots to the size of stove eyes.
  • If you are helping parents cook dinner in the oven, don't open the over door to peek. Peeking wastes energy. If you oven has a light and a window, turn on the oven light and look through the window on the oven door to see how your dinner is doing.
  • Shut down your computer when you are finished using it.

Buying Energy Efficient Home Appliances

The next time you go shopping for a new appliance you might be drawn to the one with the lowest price tag. Smart shoppers will go a step further and check out the operating costs over the life of the appliance. According to the U. S. Department of Energy, different models of refrigerators with the same storage space can vary noticeably in the amount of electricity they use. As a result, You may actually save money by buying the more expensive, yet more energy-efficient model.

Even if two models look the same from the outside, the features on the inside can make a big difference in your monthly utility bills. Most of the differences are in the motors, compressors, pumps, valves, gaskets and seals, or in electronic sensors.

You can learn about the energy efficiency of an appliance through the yellow-and-black Energy Guide label on the appliance. Some appliances may also feature the EnergyStar logo, which means that the appliance uses considerably less energy than a similar model.

You can also make your present appliance more energy efficient by taking the following actions:

  • Move your refrigerator away from the stove, dishwasher or heat vents. Vacuum the coils periodically to reduce dirt buildup. Check the doors for air leaks and defrost the freezer when more than a quarter-inch of ice builds up.
  • Use pots that fit the size of your stove burners and use lids on your pots and pans so that you can cook foods as lower temperatures.
  • Make sure that the water level on your washer is the correct setting for the amount of clothes you are washing.
  • Clean your clothes dryer filters after each use.
  • Wash clothes in cold or warm water when possible.
  • Check to see that the temperature on your water heater is set to 120 degrees if you have a dishwasher. If you don't have a dishwasher, you may set your water heater at 110 degrees.

By purchasing energy efficient appliances and using them properly, you can save a little each month on your energy bill.

Click on the [pdf]s below to learn more about energy efficiency and conservation.

Energy efficiency helps save money
Energy Star Energy Efficiency Co-op brochure
Simple ways to save money
Let LEDs light up the holidays
Conserve Energy and Save Money
Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Information
Stash A Little Cash
Low- and No-Cost Energy Tips