Learn what you can do at home to save energy, and money!


  • Turning off lights when not in use
  • Replacing old lightbulbs with CFLs and LEDs
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  • Letting the sun shine in during winter, and close blinds or windows coverings during summer
  • Replacing or cleaning the filter on your furnace quarterly
  • Putting on a sweater or sweatshirt instead of turning up the heat in the winter
  • Turning the temperature setting down (colder) when leaving the house in winter
  • Setting your thermostat to 68° F or lower in winter
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  • Letting the sun shine in during winter, and close blinds or windows coverings during summer
  • Opening windows at night and close during the day for natural cooling
  • Turning off A/C or turning temperature up (warmer) when leaving the house in summer
  • Using a fan instead of turning on/up the A/C
  • Setting your thermostat to 78° F or higher in summer
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  • Setting your refrigerator and freezer to the “warmer” temps
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  • Running your dishwasher only when full
  • Washing clothes in cold water
  • Cleaning the lint filter after each dryer load.
  • Turning off your dishwasher’s heated dry cycle
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  • Turning off computers when not in use
  • Using energy management to turn off computer monitor instead of using a screen saver
  • Enabling the power management features on your computers
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  • Lowering hot water heater temperature to 120° F
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  • Purchasing thermal curtains/window shades
  • Installing & Activating a programmable thermostat
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  • Purchasing thermal curtains/window shades
  • Getting an air conditioning tune up in the spring
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  • Cleaning your refrigerator coils
  • Purchasing a fridge/freezer thermometer and set your fridge to 38° F or higher and the freezer to 5° F or higher
  • Replacing a pre-1990 refrigerator
  • Recycling a second refrigerator or freezer
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  • Air drying clothes on a line
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  • Checking out an energy meter from the library to measure energy use of appliances and electronics
  • Replacing an older (CRT) computer, monitor or television with an ENERGY STAR® qualified model
  • Using a power strip to turn off TV, stereos & appliances when you’re not using them
  • Replacing an older (CRT) computer monitor or television with an LED or LCD model
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  • Arranging for a low-cost home energy audit and making a to-do list
  • Modifying landscaping to shade home in summer
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  • Installing a tubular skylight for natural day-lighting
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  • Installing a solar space heating system
  • Installing a ground source heat pump
  • Installing an ENERGY STAR® or high efficiency furnace
  • Installing a high efficiency furnace motor
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  • Installing a whole house fan for summer cooling
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  • Buying an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator
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  • Buying an ENERGY STAR® clothes washer or dishwasher
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  • Increasing your home’s insulation
  • Having your home professionally air sealed
  • Installing high efficiency windows
  • Installing weather-stripping on exterior door and windows
  • Sealing & Insulating all air ducts
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  • Installing PV panels
  • Purchasing local offsets via the Colorado Carbon Fund
  • Purchasing green energy from Ft Collins Utilities
  • Participating in the Ft Collins community solar array (solar garden)
  • Installing a solar water heater
  • Applying for an Energy Efficient Mortgage or refinance
  • Installing a high efficiency hot water heater
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