San Antonio Energy Champions
Energy-Efficient Tips That Won’t Cost You a Dime

Saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here’s a list of lifestyle changes you and your family can make that will make a difference. Even better? Most of these suggestions are not only free, but they’ll end up saving you money as well.

Turn off the lightsTurn off the lights – This one is simple. When you leave a room, turn off the light(s). I guarantee you that room isn’t afraid of the dark, so it doesn’t need the lights on. Likewise, try and use natural sunlight when possible instead of turning on lights.

Use ceiling fans to cool down – Instead of cranking down your AC during the summer, use ceiling fans to circulate air in the room. Here’s an important note about ceiling fans: They don’t necessarily cool down the room. They simply make you feel cooler while in that room. So don’t leave them on when you leave the room.

Turn up your thermostat when you leave – Keeping the thermostat around 80-82 degrees while you’re not home during summer months will have a big impact on your electric bill. Programmable thermostats cost a bit, but can take the headache out of remembering to do this every day.

Wash full loads of laundry – I know there are times when you really need that one specific pair of jeans to be clean, but incredibly small loads of laundry like that waste a tremendous amount of energy.

Use a microwave instead of oven – This is one of those “when possible” lifestyle changes. If you can pick either/or, the microwave saves energy in several ways. One, it requires less time being turned on. Two, it doesn’t produce heat in your kitchen (which often results in turning down your AC).

So there you have it. A couple of quick energy-efficient tips that won’t cost you a dime.