Bright Ideas Tips

Simple habit changes, easy home improvements and smart buying can make a difference -- saving you both energy AND money. Look below for additional tips on how to use less and save more.


Drafts can be found in surprising places -- not just windows and doors!

Did you know cool air can leak into your home through light switches and outlets?

Bright Idea: Install outlet and switch gaskets under your covers to seal these areas!


Think using a space heater is less costly than a heat pump during the winter months?

You need to consider many factors, including time of use, size of space, safety of the unit, and more.

Bright Idea: Research to learn more and calculate cost using the formula outlined here. (One average space heater running only 8 hours a day could cost you more than $57 a month!)


Need more light this winter?

Start the new year off bright!

Bright Idea: When buying new lightbulbs, try LEDs. They last longer and help you save!


Need a new appliance?

Choose ENERGY STAR® to save energy and money!

Bright Idea: Check for additional discounts at your local retailers to save even more.


Energy use can spike in the winter when we spend more time indoors.

Did you know electronics, even when turned off, can still draw power?

Bright Idea: Try unplugging TVs, gaming consoles or appliances during the day to to reduce phantom energy and save!


Do you know where the lint trap is on your dryer?

A clean lint trap helps your dryer work more efficiently.

Bright Idea: Clean out your dryer lint after every load. You'll save money, plus your clothes will dry faster!


Do you know what temperature your hot water heater is set to?

Water heating accounts for up to 20% of an average home's energy use.

Bright Idea: Turn down the temperature of your water heater to 120°F and save 6-10% a year, according to the EPA.


Spring clean your way to savings!

Clean windows and screens allow for more light and fresh air.

Bright Idea: Wash windows and screens this spring to reduce energy use and save!


Cooking on your stovetop shouldn't cost you extra.

Excess heat can escape when using a small pot on a large burner.

Bright Idea: Match the size of your pan to the size of your burner to maximize cooking efficiency.


Shopping for a new appliance?

Use caution! New doesn’t always mean energy efficient.

Bright Idea: Look for the ENERGY STAR® label for long-term savings!


Save some green with your landscaping!

Did you know well-positioned trees can save you up to 25% on your household energy?

Bright Idea: Design your outdoor space to maximize shade in the summer and warmth in the winter!


Have you turned on your A/C yet?

Save energy by keeping your house warmer when you’re away.

Bright Idea: Use a programmable thermostat to avoid unnecessary expense!


Keep out the humidity!

Humidity makes your A/C work harder to keep your home cool.

Bright Idea: Use a ventilating fan (vented to the outside) to remove humidity from your bathroom!


Fighting summer allergies?

A dirty A/C air filter can make it worse, plus makes your unit work harder.

Bright Idea: Change your air filter to breathe easier and save energy!


Be a fan of fans!

Fans work by creating a wind chill effect, making you feel cooler with moving air.

Bright Idea: Try a fan before adjusting your thermostat to save energy and money!


Go low flow this year!

Did you know water heating can equal up to 20% of your home’s energy use?

Bright Idea: Install a low-flow showerhead to use less water – and less water heating.


Back to school shopping?

New clothes means more laundry – as if there wasn't enough already!

Bright Idea: A paired ENERGY STAR®-certified washer and dryer can optimize your laundry cycles, saving you time and money.