Save money and reduce your carbon footprint by ensuring your home is as
energy-efficient as possible. The less energy you produce, the less it costs!
As a result, your utility bills should significantly decrease and you’ll improve
the environment around you.

Reduce Light Usage

When possible, allow the sun to naturally brighten up your home! Consider
switching any incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs. Turning off lights when
not in use, or even using a timer, can conserve lots of energy. LED bulbs can
use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and can last 25x longer
than CFLs!

Clean or Replace Filters

To ensure the lifespan lasts as long as possible, be sure to check the filters
often on systems such as AC, heating, and dryers. If filters are clogged,
airflow will be blocked and the system can become inefficient.


To save on energy costs, plug your electronics into a power strip and turn
the strip off when you’re finished. However, watch how many devices you
plug into a power strip. Make sure not to overload them past their safety
rating! Even in “sleep” mode, many electronics continue to use power. When
you’re done charging your phone, tablet, or laptop, be sure to unplug the
charger as well!

Use ENERGY STAR® Appliances

The next time you need a new appliance or electronic device, be sure to get
one that is ENERGY STAR® certified. You can save $35-$75 a year with an
ENERGY STAR® refrigerator! These appliances and electronics function the
same as any other while saving money by using less energy.

Weather-Proof Your Home

By weather-stripping, sealing, and caulking your home, you can reduce
heating costs by 30%! Shade any east or west-facing windows with shrubs,
shades, or window tints. Sunny windows can force your AC unit to work 2-3x
harder. If you’re in the Gainesville area, visit
www.gainesville-green.com to track your home’s energy usage!

Air-Dry Your Laundry

Not only does air-drying your clothes save you the heartache of damage
done by a dryer, it utilizes free solar and wind energy and lowers your carbon
footprint. Using a clothesline or drying rack is the easiest way to air-dry your

How Will You Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient?

  • Reduce Light Usage
  • Clean or Replace Filters
  • Unplug
  • Ensure All New Appliances are ENERGY STAR
  • Certified
  • Weather-Proof Your Home
  • Air-Dry Your Laundry
Information from Gainesville Regional Utilities and Direct Energy.