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Savings in the House

Savings in the House is a project of the Smarter Cities Partnership, which is led by the City of Knoxville.  The goal of Savings in the House is to teach simple, low-cost ways for Knoxville residents to save money on their utility bill, reducing their monthly energy consumption, and increase their in-home comfort. 

By following the tips below and in the Savings in the House resource guide, you can lower your utility bill without a lot of work or money, and without your landlord or an expensive hired professional.  

Here's How:

Light switchTurn off the lights when you leave a room 
When it comes to energy use, the little things you do around the house are a big deal--they add up!  Tape a note by the doorway to help you remember.
Washer and dryerWash your clothes in cold water 
It's not how you were taught to do laundry, but cold water really will get your clothes just as clean, without draining your wallet.  Save money and time by combining all colors of clothes to do fewer loads.  (Dirty cloth diapers still need to wash in hot water, though).
A thermostatKeep you thermostat as high in the summer and as low in winter as you comfortably can 
Every degree you raise the temperature in summer or lower it in winter will save you money!  Aim for 78 degrees in summer or 68 degrees in winter to make the biggest change in your bill.  Try adjusting it one degree a day so you don't feel as big a difference.  If your heating or cooling system runs all the time, this tip is extra important.
An air ventCheck your air vents
Be sure to move any furniture that blocks the vents (or the return) in rooms you regularly use.  Close the doors to rooms you don't use.  You can keep indoor air from escaping under doors and windows by blocking it with rolled-up towels.

Take Control of Your Home's Biggest Water Users

FaucetRemember to Turn Off the Faucet
Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving could save you more than 200 gallons per month.  
Shower HeadTry Taking Showers Instead of Baths
A shower typically uses 10-25 gallons of water, while a bath takes up to 70. Take the shower challenge: choose a 5 minute song (or shorter) to sing in the shower. When the song ends, end your shower too.

ToiletImprove Efficiency of Every Flush
The average toilet can use up to 7 gallons of water with each flush. You can put a plastic bottle or a resealable bag filled with water in the corner of the tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.  
AppliancesUse Appliances Efficiently
Only operate clothes and dish washers when they are full. Save money by using the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.  
SprinklerConserve Water in The Yard
Since a great deal of water from sprinklers evaporates, water lawns and gardens in the cooler morning or evening hours, and try to limit this to two to three times a week.  
Toilet LeaksFix Toilet Leaks
Because toilet leaks can be silent, they can go unnoticed. Check to ensure the flush handle is working correctly, confirm the lift chain is not catching on to anything, and verify the flapper is properly sealed. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons or more of water every day. 
WaterSenseInstall Faucet Aerators or Reduced Flow Showerheads
Faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads are inexpensive and easy ways to lower you water use. Once installed these devices could save you as much as 2,900 gallons of water per year. Look for WaterSense labeled products.  

Understand Your Bill

What does CCF mean on my bill? Water is billed in hundreds of cubic feet and 1 CCF is equal to 748 gallons of water.

How is my wastewater cost determined?
Wastewater cost is based on your water usage. Every $1.00 saved on water costs is equal to $3.00 saved on wastewater charges.

Take Your Water Savings to the Max!
The more steps you check off, the more you can save. Take the next step and keep more of your money where it belongs - in your pocket.

What's the right next step for you?

1. Attend a free Savings in the House workshop to learn DIY no- and low-cost tips. Contact sustainability@knoxvilletn.gov to find out about upcoming Savings in the House workshops or to request a workshop for your workplace or neighborhood.

2. Sign up to have an eScore advisor recommend improvements specific to your home or apply to a retrofit program through CAC (click images below to learn more!)

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Savings in the House resident education  Savings in the House Outreach Table