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Gainesville Regional Utilities will send you a free Energy and Water Survey Video with simple steps to make your home more energy efficient. Visit GRU for more info.

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Be Energy Efficient in summer

Don't place lamps or TV sets near your air conditioner thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, and causes the air conditioning to run longer than necessary using more energy.

Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize energy savings. When cooling, try programming the thermostat to 82 degrees while you are gone in the daytime and return it to 78 degrees two hours before you get home.

FanUse ceiling fans to increase comfort level. Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. For each degree you lower the temperature form the recommended setting, you can increase your bill up to 4 percent.

No need to waste water in the kitchen or laundry either...

  • Operate the dishwasher only when completely full
  • Install flow-restrictors or aerators on all faucets
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly
  • Use the appropriate water level when running your washing machine

Yo Haley Gon Help You Save Mad Energy!


"If you are really committed to saving money and the earth, then these tips are for you. You might not look or smell good, but your pockets will be FAT!" -Haley Collins, Senior at UF

  • In the summer, wear fewer clothes instead of turning the air conditioner thermostat lower. Wear less in the winter if you want also!
  • When using the restroom, go twice and flush once unless a pile up.
  • Shower efficiently: shower in pairs or threes or fours.
  • Save electricity: increase romance with your roommates and study by candlelight.
  • Save water: wash clothes only when notified that it is a necessity by others. Usually this means you smell horrible.
  • Save energy and time by not cooking at all and take up a raw food diet. This will be also awesome for your figure.