Personal Hygiene & Grooming
These small changes can add up to energy savings over the long run.
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth
Turning off the tap while brushing can save up to 200 gallons of water a month.
Skip the tub and take a shower
It takes 35 to 50 gallons of water to fill a bathtub versus 25 gallons used during a 10-minute shower.
If you need to replace your fixtures, choose energy-efficient models
Showers account for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use. Using energy-efficient fixtures can save several gallons of water per shower.
Skip the hairdryer
Take advantage of the extra time at home by letting your hair air dry instead.
In the winter, avoid using your exhaust fan when you can
Your bathroom fans pull warmth away from the rooms in your home. Use your exhaust fans sparingly during the dry winter months.
Avoid using too much detergent
Follow detergent instructions carefully. Overusing reduces effective washing action and may require more energy in the form of extra rinse cycles.
If you need to replace your washer, choose an energy-efficient model
Energy-efficient models with front-load or horizontal axis features use less electricity and water than other models.
Dry two or more loads in a row
Drying multiple loads of laundry in a row allows you to take advantage of extra heat in the dryer and uses less energy.
Clean your dryer's lint filter before every load
Your dryer will operate more efficiently after you clean the lint filter. In addition, clean the dryer vent periodically for better air flow.
In colder months, do laundry when you need the heat
Laundry generates extra heat in your home. In cold weather, running your dryer can heat your house up during the day, when you need the extra warmth.