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					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. By doing this, you can reduce                        Natural Gas
        the computer monitor uses more energy than                 the water loss to evaporation by 90 percent.                           Telephone
        the CPU unit.                                             Plant drought-resistant landscaping and rain                              Water
        If you have a waterbed, keep the heater set at             gardens and use mulch to conserve moisture in
    
                                                                   your yard.                                                         Moving Companies
        85 degrees. You can prevent heat from escap-
        ing by covering the bed with a blanket or                 Install rain barrels on your gutter downspouts to                  Railroad Crossings
        comforter.                                                 catch storm water for use in watering the lawn                 Commercial Motor Carriers
       Set the water heater thermostat to the warm                and washing your car.                                          Hazardous Materials Carriers
        setting, or 120 degrees. If you will be away       Managing Energy Costs
        from your home, turn the thermostat down                                                                               The PUCO Consumer Call Center
        even more. 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.
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   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.

				
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