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The Town of North Hempstead is a proud partner of the Long Island Green Homes Initiative, a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community-based organizations and Molloy College. Long Island Green Homes makes it easy for homeowners to accomplish the goal of energy efficiency and lower energy bills by offering a free home energy assessment that helps to make affordable improvements to their homes. Join thousands of Long Islanders and homeowners around the state who have lowered their energy bills and enjoy year-round comfort in their homes. Long Island Green Homes can also help with getting solar for your home. Visit the Town's LI Green Homes page to sign up for a free home energy audit and get more information! Also go to LongIslandGreenHomes.org for additional information!
Energy Saving Tips
- Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor and unplug device chargers when not in use.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
- Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
- Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
- Replace inefficient incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
- Consider replacing a pre-1993 refrigerator or freezer. The newest ENERGY STAR qualified units cost only half as much to run as pre-1993 units and consume about 1/3 of electricity.
- Move furniture away from any radiators or heaters to allow heat to get out into the room.
- Air-dry clothes on a line or clothes rack to conserve energy otherwise used in the dryer. When using the dryer, use the energy efficient function and clean out the lint filter before every use to improve efficiency and allow your clothes to dry faster.
- To save even more fuel and reduce your emissions collectively, choose to carpool with a friend and consolidate your errands to accomplish them in one trip.
- If it is time for a new car, look into hybrids or electric cars to meet your travel needs.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Visit https://www.energystar.gov/ for more energy-saving ideas.