Change the world on any budget.
With energy costs on the rise, take advantage of every energy savings available to you. Illinois Extension has practical ways to change your energy-use habits so you can use your money the ways that bring you joy.
These energy saving ideas cost you nothing!
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Use sunlight for light or heat wherever practical
- Match pot size to burner size and cover with lid
- Set hot water heater no higher than 120°F
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water
- Use Energy Star qualified computer sleep feature
- Turn off electronics and unplug chargers when not in use
- Use window blinds or shades to keep out cold or heat
- Fully load dishwashers, clothes washers, and dryers
- Adjust your thermostat when leaving home for an extended time.
Try these low-cost energy saving practices.
- Replace burned out bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamp bulbs
- Replace furnace an air conditioning filters monthly
- Caulk between window/door frames and walls
- Weather strip between window/door frames and walls
- Add storm windows or use plastic film kits to improve single-pane windows
- Purchase an insulating blanket for the hot water heater
- Install motion sensors, dimmers, and timers for indoor and outdoor lighting
- Plant trees to shelter your home from the elements
Look for energy efficient new purchases.
- Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Install double-pane windows with low e-coatings to reflect thermal radiation
- Convert to compact and other fluorescent light bulbs
- Purchase an energy-efficient refrigerator
- Purchase a dishwasher that save water and energy
- Purchase a clothes washer that saves water and energy
- Purchase a clothes dryer with moisture sensor.
- Select efficient home office equipment and electronics
- Insulate attic, exterior walls, basement, and crawl spaces
Share this Change Your Habits tip sheet with others in your community and become an energy hero.