Water fills up a white tub bathed in sunlight.
Thomas J. Story

Bad Habits Die Hard

We may spend fewer hours in these rooms, but bad habits still can put a strain on your budget. You can tighten up your act and conserve energy by following these pointers.

This showerhead provides a low flow to conserve water.
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Save in the Shower

Conserve by using low-flow showerheads, which can cut your water use in half. Taking five-minute showers and promptly fixing dripping faucets and showerheads also can help lower water consumption.

Pictured here:
Delta Low-Flow Showerhead
$44.99 (sale price)
Available at TheInsideStore.com

A ceiling fan helps regulate temperatures.
John O'Hagan; Stylist: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell, Jan Gautro, and Kiersten Moore

Tame the Temp

Adjust your thermostat at night to save on heating and cooling costs. Raising or lowering the temperature by a couple degrees can make a big difference in energy bills. You also can use a fan or an extra blanket to stay comfortable.

An electric blanket warms up a sleeping woman.
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Resist the Temptation

Turn on electric blankets after you’re under the covers. Switching them on beforehand to heat up the sheets may be a temptation, but it wastes energy.

Pictured here:
Sunbeam Electric Blanket
Available at ComfortHouse.com

A timer helps you switch on and off your water heater.
Courtesy of Ace Hardware

Watch Your Water Heater

Lower the temperature on your water heater to a maximum of 120° F to help conserve hot water. Install a timer that allows you to switch the heater on and off automatically.

Pictured here:
Intermatic WH40 Electric Water Heater Timer
Available at Ace Hardware

Natural light works just as well as overhead lighting in this bathroom.
Jean Allsopp

Easy Energy Savings

Switch off lamps and lights before leaving the room.


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