Can Small Changes Mean Big Savings?

By: NIPSCO Last Updated: September 18, 2012

NIPSCO-lightbulbSaving big on your energy bill is easier than you might have thought. Small changes like those listed here can really add up to be big savings. Plus, the more energy efficient we become, the smaller the impact on our natural resources. And that's good news for all of Northern Indiana.

Save $180 a year
By switching all your incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient CFLs, you could save up to $180 per year. Plus, CFLs last up to 10 times longer.

Save $40 a year
Washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot water can save you up to $40 per year.

Save $145 a year
By reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower, you'll also reduce the energy needed to heat the water. And when you combine a shorter shower with the use of a low-flow shower head, you could save up to $145 every year.

Save $34 a year
Cleaning out the lint trap is a simple way to reduce waste. A clean trap clears the way for hot air circulation and proper drying and results in savings of up to $34 per year.

Save $181 a year
If you have an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage or basement, it may cost you up to an extra $181 to run. You can recycle it through our Appliance Recycling Program and earn $35 in the process.

Save $125 a year
Even when switched off, certain electronics and appliances use lots of "standby power". Plug them into a power strip and use it as a central "turn off" point when they're not in use to save. Using this tip for your gaming system alone could save up to $125 a year.

Save $60 a year
During the summer months, reduce your air conditioner a few degrees then use your ceiling fan to create a comfortable airflow and save up to $60.

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