Conservation Tips

10 Easy ways to Save Energy and Water

  • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F and insulate the water heater tank.
  • Keep your heating and cooling systems in tip-top shape. They run more efficiently and last longer.
  • When buying a new appliance, look for the most energy efficient in your price range.
  • Turn off the lights as you leave the room.
  • Use natural sunlight to light your home and warm up a room in the winter. In summer, use shades or drapes to keep your rooms cool.
  • Install a shower flow controller. It reduces the flow of water without diminishing the shower spray.
  • Fix leaky faucets quickly. One drip per second wastes about 6,000 gallons of water a year.
  • Water your lawn early in the morning or in the evening when there is less evaporation.
  • Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator instead of running tap water until it is cold enough to drink.
  • Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. This saves energy too.

Energy Saving Tree Tips

  • Plant shade trees around your house, where space allows, keeping your home cooler during the summer and providing a shield from cold winter winds.
  • When planting shrubs around your heat pump or air conditioning unit, be careful not to restrict air flow to the unit.
  • Plant shrubs close to your home to help keep cold and hot air from blowing directly into your foundation and crawl space. However, do not block foundation vents so that needed airflow under the house is not disrupted.
  • Plant a row of large evergreen trees on the most windward sides of your property to disrupt cold winter and hot summer winds. In our area, these would be the northwest and southwest sides as most of our winds come from these directions.
Check out our Planting Guide before you plant trees near power lines.


Energy Depot

The Board of Public Works is pleased to offer our customers Energy Depot®, a set of online tools and resources to help you better understand and manage your home energy use and costs. Energy Depot is your one-stop resource for energy information and it’s available free. You can use Energy Depot to:

  • Receive a personalized energy profile with an estimate of your energy costs for each home energy system/appliance group.
  • Learn specific things you can do to reduce energy use and how much you can save.
  • Complete a do-it-yourself home energy audit and receive your report online.
  • Quickly estimate the annual energy use and cost of home energy systems and appliances.
  • Compare your heating and cooling systems or water heater to a range of new systems.
  • Learn how soon you can pay for a new more efficient heating or cooling system or water heater through lower energy bills.
  • Use the Energy Library to answer your energy questions.
  • Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding home energy use and more. . .

To get started with Energy Depot, just click on the link below.