Prudent Power Groton
Groton residents and small businesses: Take the Groton Prudent Power Pledge!
Choose three actions from the list below to help save the planet and your wallet
- Use ceiling or portable fans in place of room air conditioners. Air conditioners can cost 50 times as much to run. Fans keep air moving allowing a higher thermostat setting because moving air feels cooler.
- Scrape dishes into the garbage instead of rinsing in hot water before loading your dishwasher. If you choose to rinse dishes, use cold water.
- Turn off computer games when not being played. Even while paused, most games are still using energy.
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water rather than hot, and rinse in cold. Rinse temperature has no effect on cleaning and cooler temperatures extend fabric life.
- Unplug your cell phone and other chargers when not in use. Get in the habit of plugging it in only when in use.
- Buy ENERGY STAR® products whenever possible. Though they may cost slightly more initially, they save money in the long run and can help save energy even when turned off.
- Have your furnace burner checked and cleaned annually.
- Are you a renter? Ask your landlord to support energy saving practices and/or share money-saving tips.
- Install storm doors which save energy by reducing air infiltration when the primary door is opened plus reduces heat transfer through the primary door when it is closed.
- Reset your hot water heater to 120° F. Many are factory-set for 140° F-- a lot higher than needed.
- Turn off your electric water heater when you leave home for extended periods, such as vacations.
- For holiday string lighting, switch to LEDs. Not only will they reduce electric use by more than 90 percent, they last up to 50,000 hours.
- Turn off your dishwasher dry cycle -- instead open the door and let dishes and silverware air dry.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room or when they're not needed. A friendly post-it note can help remind users until it is a habit.
- Put a lid on a pot to boil water. The water boils faster and you'll use less energy.
- Don’t line oven or refrigerator racks with foil. It blocks air flow and makes the appliance work harder.
- A broken seal on a refrigerator is the same as leaving the door open. To test, close on a single sheet of paper and try to pull it out. If it slides out easily (or has any tears), it needs to be replaced.
- Consider removing second refrigerators or freezers. If you use one for only part of the year, unplug it for the rest of the year and open or remove the door.
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