2. Only use ceiling fans when you're in the room; they can cool down our body by 5 degrees but they do NOT cool a room.
3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
4. Cook using the microwave or grill outside to prevent heat from spreading through your home when you use your oven.
5. Wash only full loads of clothes with cold water [you don’t waste the energy used to heat up the water] and run full dishwashers at night. Air dry dishes and clothing.
6. Unplug anything you’re not currently using. I.E. Cell phone chargers, gaming consoles, microwave and other small appliances. They all pull power even when they are NOT being used. If it’s plugged in then its pulling power.
7. If your toilet is not a high efficiency toilet then you can always place a half gallon container filled with rocks or sand in the back of your toilets tank to cause the water level to rise and use less water per flush.
8. Checking for leaks:
- You can check for leaks in a toilet by placing a few drops of food coloring in the back of your toilets tank, if the color shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a leak!
- Place a piece of paper towel under your sink, below the pipes and check on it in a few hours to see if it is wet. If it is, then you have a leak in your pipes.
- Make sure any outside hoses or water spigots are not left on or leaking. Check them daily.
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