Energy Conservation Education

Rural Resources provides energy conservation education to the general public as well as to each client of our energy programs. We can help you with energy saving solutions and strategies to help keep energy costs in check. In addition, low-cost, do-it-yourself weatherization materials are available to each household to help lower energy costs and increase comfort. We invite clients to make a $2 to $7 donation for these education materials when possible. Call us at 509-685-6000 or toll-free at 866-260-2729 for more information.

Tips for comfort and cost savings

Want to stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter, plus save money on your utilities bills? Here are some tips from Rural Resources to help you save energy year-round:

  • During the months when you use your heater, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night and when you’re out of the house for more than three hours. Each degree you turn your heat down saves $3 to $5 a month.
  • In summer, stay cool naturally by closing windows, blinds and curtains on the south- or west-facing walls during the day. In the cool of the evening, ventilate by opening windows at the lowest and highest points in the house.
  • Regularly clean or replace heater and air conditioner filters.
  • Lower your water heater thermostat to 120º. (Water heaters account for about 15 percent of the total average household energy use.)
  • To save water and energy, fix leaking faucets, toilets and water pipes. Install a low-flow shower head and faucet aerators in sinks.
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED in the lights you use the most.
  • Wash full loads in the dishwasher and the laundry. Set dishwasher to air dry, and line dry laundry when possible. Clean dryer lint filter after each load.
  • Plug air leaks in ceilings, walls and floors, and seal any gaps around plumbing access areas beneath sinks. Install weather stripping and caulk around door and window frames. Cover and seal off your fireplace when not in use.