Conservation Information

Click here to access the City of Bushnell's Utility Planner - it takes just 5 minutes of your time to answer some questions about your energy/water usage and you could learn how to save money on your utility bills.

The City of Bushnell always has free energy and water conservation handouts/booklets available in our lobby for all of our customers! This information is a great way to learn how to conserve energy and water, which will then save you money. Please come by and check them out! We also included some great energy and water saving tips below.
 
1. Close the blinds or utilize black out curtains and this will cut the amount of heat that comes into the home from sunlight.

2. Only use ceiling fans when you're in the room; they can cool down our body by 5 degrees but they do NOT cool a room.

3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

4. Cook using the microwave or grill outside to prevent heat from spreading through your home when you use your oven.

5. Wash only full loads of clothes with cold water [you don’t waste the energy used to heat up the water] and run full dishwashers at night. Air dry dishes and clothing.

6. Unplug anything you’re not currently using. I.E. Cell phone chargers, gaming consoles, microwave and other small appliances. They all pull power even when they are NOT being used. If it’s plugged in then its pulling power.

7. If your toilet is not a high efficiency toilet then you can always place a half gallon container filled with rocks or sand in the back of your toilets tank to cause the water level to rise and use less water per flush. 

8. Checking for leaks: 
  • You can check for leaks in a toilet by placing a few drops of food coloring in the back of your toilets tank, if the color shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a leak!
  • Place a piece of paper towel under your sink, below the pipes and check on it in a few hours to see if it is wet. If it is, then you have a leak in your pipes.
  • Make sure any outside hoses or water spigots are not left on or leaking. Check them daily.
9. Keep your thermostat around 78 degrees when you are home during the summer months and around 80-81 when you are not home. During the winter months you should try to keep the heat around 68 degrees or lower and bundle up if you get cold.
  • Remember to use fans when you are in the room and they can make you feel another 3-5 degrees cooler.
10. Change the light bulbs in your home to LED.