Low Cost Changes
Power Tomorrow calls us to take the next step toward a greater energy-efficiency commitment in our lives. Start by finding which part of your home or apartment uses the most energy. Then read on for many energy-saving ideas.
How to use a programmable thermostat
Understand your energy use patterns
Compare your home heating rating to Madison-area homes of similar age. When you know what your use patterns are for natural gas and electricity, you can target ways to save.
Use a portable energy meter from your local library to measure how much electricity your plug-in appliances and equipment use.
Do the easy, low-cost measures first
Whether you own a home or rent, you can reduce your energy use by:
- Setting a warmer temperature or shutting off your air conditioner at night or when you are away in summer.
- Replacing your five most-used incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescents.
- Turning off the TV, lights and other equipment when no one needs them.
See more: Easy, low cost energy-saving tips
More ways to save energy
For more information
- Energy Efficiency as an Investment [300 kB PDF]
- The Power of Working Together [428 kB PDF]
- Power Tomorrow Booklet [1.2 MB PDF]
Track your carbon footprint at CO2gether.org