Tips & Information on Saving Energy and Money

Top 10 Ways to Save Energy (& Money)

  1. Install and use a programmable thermostat

  2. Change out old incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

  3. Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors.

  4. Use cold water while washing your clothes and wash full loads of clothes at a time. Dry clothes on a clothesline outdoors or in a warm part of the house - right next to the furnace or in a sunny room.

  5. Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and add insulation (e.g. jacket) to your water heater.

  6. Take shorter showers and replace your shower head with an energy saving shower head.

  7. If you have a dishwasher, wash your dishes in a dishwasher and only wash full loads of dishes.

  8. In the summertime, use fans and open windows for ventilation instead of air conditioning, especially at night.

  9. When shopping for new appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR label which identifies efficient products and buy the right sized equipment based on the needs of your family.

  10. Compost food scraps, recycle appropriate products, and properly dispose of garbage and toxic materials

As you can see, the most important things you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your home and lifestyle are the simplest, cheapest, and easiest. Rather than immediately going out and buying solar panels or installing new windows, it’s more important to address some of the existing problems, replace outdated appliances, and most importantly, get into the routine of making a few simple lifestyle changes. Drying your clothes on a line or opening windows in the summertime can make a bigger difference than high end appliances that use less energy than older models. They’re cheaper, too!

If you’re thinking about other ways to be more sustainable, take a look at the guide below. All of this material is available online and in a myriad of books on residential energy efficiency available at your local library. Sources may disagree slightly on some topic, so it’s good to look in a few different places before deciding on which changes to make in your life and in your home. It’s especially important to talk with contractors and other experts when considering upgrades to major parts of your house, like the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, piping, or insulation. These retrofits can end up being a large construction project lasting several days, but are ultimately the greatest energy savers in the long run.

Along with the guide are links to helpful websites. Two sites that deserve an explanation are hosted by ENERGY STAR and the US Department of Energy (DOE). ENERGY STAR is a US government program that helps homeowners find the easiest, cheapest, and best ways to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes. The site gives suggestions, tutorials, and analyses of real products to help homeowners. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website from the DOE provides similar information and includes federal efficiency standards.

Browse this guide, the linked sites, and other materials at your leisure to become more familiar with the energy efficiency process. The web is awash in quick tips and comprehensive in-depth guides about every nut and bolt. You’ll soon notice all the little things around your home that can become more efficient. With just a few adjustments, you’ll begin to see the difference in your home comfort and energy bill!


Oberlin Rebate Programs

Columbia Gas Rebates


Columbia Gas offers rebates on simple, easy to install products, that will help to reduce your energy bills.  Rebates include:

  • $25~Programmable Thermostat 

  • $10~Energy Efficient Shower-head

  • $0.50~ Faucet Aerator 

To order, Call 866-542-4767

Columbia Gas Heating System Replacement discount

Columbia Gas offers instant discounts when you install a qualifying high efficiency heating system in your home.

  • $300.00 instant discount for a 96%+ efficiency natural gas furnace

  • $350.00 instant discount for a 90%+ efficiency natural gas boiler

For more information, call 877-644-6674

Efficiency Crafted New Homes

Thinking of Building your dream home?  Make sure your new home will be crafted with Energy Efficiency before you break ground. Ask your builder for EfficiencyCrafted. Doing so will:

  • Cut your energy usage by 35% compared to new homes

  • Lower energy bills

  • Improve comfort

  • Provide a healthier living environment

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Columbia Gas Be E3 Smart

  1. Energy

  2. Efficiency

  3. Education

Columbia Gas offers an education program that provides free instructional materials for teachers in grades 4-12 focused on the science of energy and efficiency.

  • Students will receive free energy-efficient products to install in their own homes

For more information, call 888-829-2995

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