Green Your Holidays

Energy and Water Saving Tips to Make Your Winter a Little Greener

A few simple energy efficiency and water conservation tips can make a big difference in making this winter a little greener and less costly in your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical household spends about $1,900 a year on energy bills and contributes twice the amount of greenhouse gases to the environment as an average car. They also report that if every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water. Go green for the holidays by saving energy, being water efficient, and reducing waste!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical household spends about $1,900 a year on energy bills and contributes twice the amount of greenhouse gases to the environment as an average car. They also report that if every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water. Go green for the holidays by saving energy, being water efficient, and reducing waste!

Make the Switch to LED Holiday Lights and Save Money

Indoor and outdoor LED lights use up to 90% less electricity than regular incandescent holiday lights and last up to 10 times longer. Use fiber optic decorations for even more savings!

Set the Timer
Limit the use of holiday lights. Keep lights off during the day and use a timer to help you better control the amount of time your lights are on in the evening. And remember to shut off lights when you’re not at home.

Bundle Up and Turn the Thermostat Down
Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or at the coolest comfortable temperature. Layer on another sweater and a pair of socks and take advantage of the extra warmth from your holiday guests to save on home heating costs.

Unplug Unused Appliances
Household appliances keep using electricity even if you are not there. If going on vacation, unplug televisions, stereos, computers, DVD players, chargers, etc. since these all draw small amounts of electricity even when they are turned off.

Fix Leaks
Checking for leaks in faucets, plumbing joints, and your sprinkler system and repairing them can save 20 gallons a day for every leak stopped.

Do You Know How to Shut Off Your Home’s Water Main Valve?
Locate, mark, and periodically operate your water shut off valves so they are easily identified in case of a pipe break or leak.

Let the Rain Do Your Watering
Remember outdoor watering is prohibited when it is raining. Redirect water from downspouts and channel storm water across your lawn and into your garden.

Run Only Full Loads in the Dishwasher
Run the dishwasher with full loads for optimum efficiency. If possible scrape dirty dishes clean to reduce water use or use only cold water to rinse them so you’re not running up your energy/gas bill by heating water unnecessarily.
Adjust Your Sprinkler Timer
Reduce sprinkler runtime schedules. Lawn and plants require much less water during the cooler months of the year.

Shorten Your Showers
As tempting as it is on those cold winter mornings, even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 375 gallons per month.

Recycle or Reuse
Reduce holiday waste by recycling or reusing wrapping paper, gift boxes, and shopping bags. After the holidays, look for ways to also recycle or reuse your tree instead of sending it to a landfill.
Please visit the LADWP website for more helpful information and tips on energy efficiency and water conservation.

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