Household Mow your lawn using a higher lawn mower set- Interested in other utility issues? Sometimes conserving energy is as simple as ﬂip- ting. Having longer grass will allow less evapora- ping a switch. Here are some easy ways to reduce the tion and keep your lawn more hydrated. energy you use around the house. Try not to over-water your lawn, and make sure The PUCO can provide information or to prevent water evaporation by watering the Save energy by turning off lights, appliances, lawn in the morning or evening. assist you with your utility questions and electronics when you leave a room. Use a broom to clean your sidewalk and drive- regarding: Use long-life halogen or ﬂuorescent light bulbs. way instead of water from the hose. Your home computer can use a considerable If you have a swimming pool or hot tub, cover it Electric amount of electricity. To save energy, turn it off while not being used. Keep in mind that when not in use. 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This will avoid using energy to In addition to conserving energy throughout your reheat the same water while you are not there. home, there are a few other options to help you manage (800) 686-PUCO (7826) utility bills. Most electric and natural gas companies TTY: (800) 686-1570 Personal Care offer a budget billing program, where the cost of your Each day, you take time for personal care activities energy usage is spread out over a 12-month period. With budget billing, you pay a set amount each month rather www.PUCO.ohio.gov such as showering, shaving, and brushing your teeth. Try to save water in your daily personal care routine than facing higher electric bills in the summer and higher natural gas bills in the winter. At the end of the 12-month by following these tips. Take short showers instead of baths. Baths use period is a true-up statement, where you will receive a bill or a credit depending on if you used more or less Energy and Water 5-15 more gallons of water than showers. Save water by installing a low-ﬂow shower- head and limiting your shower time to ﬁve energy than your budgeted amount. If you would like more information about electric and natural gas budget billing, contact your utility company. Conservation Tips minutes. Low-income households may also qualify for assis- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, tance programs to help pay utility bills. Contact the Tips from the Public Utilities Commission and use only a partially ﬁlled sink to rinse PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the consumer of Ohio to help you conserve energy and your razor while shaving. info section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov for more infor- water every day, throughout your day. mation about the assistance available and the income Outdoors guidelines to qualify. Spending time outdoors to play in the pool, wash the car, or maintain your yard can be a lot of fun, and a good time to look for ways to conserve water. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Ted Strickland, Governor Alan R. Schriber, Chairman Use a nozzle on your hose to shut off or adjust 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 the spray to ﬁt the amount of water you need to The Public Utilities Commission is an Equal Opportunity use when you water the lawn or wash your car. Employer and Service Provider Energy and Water Conservation Tips If needed, have your heating system tuned-up Cooking Cleaning and Maintenance by a professional. Keep all heat registers and air All households rely Everyone loves a home-cooked meal, but the appli- Cleaning and fixing up the home is a great time to ducts clear of obstructions. on utilities such as ances used in cooking can use a lot of energy. Con- look for ways where you can conserve energy. electric, natural gas, Install storm windows and doors, and replace serve energy while you cook by using these tips for the Only run the dishwasher when it is full, and any damaged weather-stripping or caulking. kitchen. and water service to load the dishwasher properly to ensure effi- meet basic, everyday Remove window air conditioning units from Use a microwave cient water circulation. You can save more needs. Each day, you your windows during the winter months, or fill oven, toaster water by scraping dishes instead of pre-rinsing use these utilities to the cracks with weather-stripping. Seal drafty oven, or slow- them before putting them in the dishwasher. perform many daily windows with plastic. cooker to cook Use the air-dry option or stop the dishwasher tasks. As the price of Use a portable electric space heater to add smaller meals. when the dry cycle begins, and let the dishes utilities continues to warmth to the room you are in. Make sure to fol- Keep the burners air dry. rise, so does the cost low the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use. and reflectors on for these necessities, Run the clothes washer with a full load, match Close the fireplace damper and shut doors and your oven clean and many house- the water level to the size of the load, and use heat vents in rooms that are not used. so that they will the minimum amount of detergent needed. holds are looking for reflect heat better Each load of laundry uses approximately 50 ways to reduce the Summer Cooling and use energy more efficiently. cost of their utilities. gallons of water. During the summer months, keeping the house cool Keep the oven door shut while cooking. By practicing conservation, you can develop habits Only use hot water to wash clothes that are can be a difficult and costly task. Keep these tips in mind Each time you open the oven the temperature to reduce your usage and save money on your utility very dirty. Clothes that are dirty from everyday to get the most out of the cool air. decreases 25-75 degrees. Use a timer if your bills. Whether you own your home or rent, there are wear can be cleaned using warm or cold water. During the day, block the heat from the sun by oven does not have a window to know when a number of things you can do to save on the utilities Buy a front-loading washer, which uses 1/3 closing windows, doors, and curtains. your food is done cooking. you use every day, throughout your day. less water than top loading models. To save money on cooling costs turn the thermo- Keep your freezer stocked. Food retains cold Winter Heating temperatures, meaning that a full freezer will be Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint filter after stat to 80 degrees or higher when you are sleep- Turning up the heat is necessary in the winter months ing or away from home. Raising the temperature more efficient than an empty one. If you do not each use to make sure the dryer is running have a frost-free model, defrost the freezer peri- efficiently. to keep out the cold Ohio weather. There are a few sim- by 5 degrees for eight hours can reduce your ple ways for you to make sure your home is efficiently cooling costs by 3-5 percent. odically to ensure the frost does not accumulate Repair leaky faucets and toilets to avoid wast- keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. more than ¼ inch. ing hundreds of gallons of water each week. Look for an air conditioning unit that is Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees, and set it ENERGY STAR® approved. Set out frozen food to defrost or use the micro- Use a bucket instead of running water to mop back even more when you are sleeping or away wave instead of running it under hot water. the floor. Also, a sponge mop will use less Avoid creating unnecessary heat and humidity in from your home. You can purchase a program- Check the gasket, or seal, in your refrigerator water than a string mop. the house during summer days. Plan to do heat mable thermostat to automatically turn the and moisture-creating activities such as wash- door to make sure it fits properly. A loose gasket When shopping thermostat down at night and when you are not ing dishes, doing laundry, bathing, and cooking will cause cold air to leak out of your refrigera- for new appli- home. By turning down your thermostat one before noon or past 8 p.m. tor. ances, look for degree, you can save up to 3 percent on your Get rid of any old refrigerators or freezers you ones that qualify Limit the amount of time you run kitchen and heating bill. bathroom exhaust fans. Only run them for as may be keeping for extra food storage. These as ENERGY Look for a furnace that is ENERGY STAR appliances can cost between $100-150 per year STAR models. long as it takes to get rid of any odors to mini- approved for energy efficiency. mize losing cool air. to run. These appliances meet stricter stan- Make sure there is adequate insulation in your If you use a window air conditioning unit, make Never use your stove or oven for additional heat, dards for energy attic, walls, basement, crawl spaces, and floors. sure it fits correctly into the window to reduce this is unsafe. efficiency. You should also make sure the accesses to your the amount of cool air lost. Look for ENERGY STAR approved kitchen attic are insulated and weather-stripped. Consider using a window fan, which requires as appliances that will cook more efficiently. Check your furnace filter monthly and change it little as 1/10 the amount of energy needed to run when needed. Keep the space around your fur- an air conditioner. nace clean to ensure it is operating efficiently.