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No-Cost Energy Saving Tips, Courtesy of Avista


Warm weather energy savings

When temperatures are on the rise simple changes to everyday routines like
washing dishes and doing laundry can help you manage your energy bills while
staying cool and comfortable.  A few simple, no-cost measures include:

In the Kitchen

  • Run only a full dishwasher and use your dishwasher’s automatic
    energy-savings cool-dry cycle. If your dishwasher doesn’t have this feature,
    turn it off after the final rinse and let the dishes air dry. Doing this can
    reduce dishwasher energy usage by 40 percent.


In the Laundry Room

  • Wash your laundry in cold water when possible. In top-load models, about 90
    percent of the cost per load is to heat the water.
  • Do laundry after 7:00 p.m. to reduce unwanted heat and humidity in your home
    or dry clothes outside on a line to save energy and avoid the heat a dryer



Cold weather energy savings

When winter comes, colder temperatures and less daylight mean higher energy
use. There are many no-cost things you can do to reduce your use, and we’ve
outlined some of them below.

  • Set your thermostat to 68°–and lower when it makes sense. Your heating
    system will operate less and use less energy. Turn your thermostat down another
    5° at night or when leaving your home for an hour or more to save even more on
    energy costs.
  • Let natural sunlight into your home by opening window coverings on
    south-facing windows to warm your home. Keep window coverings closed in rooms
    that receive no direct sunlight to insulate from cold window drafts. At night,
    close window coverings to retain heat.

When using hot water, you should:

  • Set the temperature on your hot water tank to 120 degrees. Extremely hot
    water can lead to higher energy costs and even scalding accidents.
  • Keep showers short and use a low-flow showerheads. A shower takes less hot
    water than a bath, but only if it is short in duration.
  • Wash only full loads in your washing machine and adjust the water level as
  • Use cold water to wash clothes.
  • Check the condition of your hot tub cover and check for escaping steam.
    Insulation blankets help keep the tub toasty for your use.


When cooking at home, you should:

  • Stagger pans on upper and lower oven racks to improve air flow because food
    cooks more quickly and efficiently in ovens when air can circulate freely. Don’t
    lay foils on racks.
  • Use glass or ceramic pans in ovens. With those type of pans, you can turn
    down the temperature about 25 degrees and foods will cook just as quickly.
  • Watch the clock or use a timer instead of opening the oven door frequently
    to check the food. Each time you open the door, the oven temperature drops by 25


When you are at home, you should:

  • Turn on your old, inefficient fridge in the garage only for those few
    occasions when you need extra refreshments. Running all day and night, a 15
    year-old refrigerator could cost up to $80 per year.
  • Keep your refrigerator closed while deciding what to eat. Each time you open
    the fridge door, the compressor has to run for eight to 10 minutes to keep the
    cold inside.
  • Make sure you and all your family members turn off the lights when leaving a