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  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save 75% of lighting costs. 


  • Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator. 


  • Take steps to cut water use such as installing faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and low-flush toilets. As much as 19% of California electricity is used to pump, transport and treat water.  


  • A 5° higher setting on your air conditioning thermostat will save about 10% on cooling costs.  


  • Always buy ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and equipment - they're up to 40% more efficient. 


  • Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "Normal" setting when home, and to the lowest setting when away. Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.  


  • Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day.


  • Turn off unnecessary lighting. 


  • Enable "power management" on all computers and make sure to turn them off at night. A laptop computer uses up to 90% less energy than bigger desktop models.  


  • When possible,wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy use in a clothes washer goes to water heating.  


  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. Fewer loads reduce energy and water use.


  • Make sure your dryer's outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load. When shopping for a new dryer look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when clothes are dry.  


  • Test for air leaks by holding a lit incense stick next to windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches and other locations where there is a possible air path to the outside. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing or weather stripping.