Cut Heating Costs

  • Ask your local utility company to conduct an energy audit
  • Check heating and cooling systems yearly
  • Set thermostats back 10 degrees at night

Save Electrical Costs

  • Connect electronics (computers, vending machines and copy machines) to power strips and switch them off at night
  • Purchase products that meet environmental standards (i.e. Energy Star)

Control the Lights

  • Install a light control system that can monitor activity and turn lights off automatically
  • Switch incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Purchase reduced mercury florescent lamps (identified by green end caps, or green lettering on the lamp tube)

Reduce Water Heating Costs

  • Lower hot water heater temperatures to 110 degrees
  • Insulate hot water pipes
  • Fix/repair leaky faucets


Created by Montana State University Extension Housing and Environmental Health Program

Contact Myla Kelly at 406-994-6948 or [email protected]

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