- Product Exchange / Shop the Reuse Shelf - Kandiyohi County Household Hazardous
Waste Center has a product reuse shelf where residents can reuse items that are received
and are still good such as cleaners, oils, and more. New items arrive daily and are available
- Recycle toxic and potentially hazardous ingredients - This includes many of the household
products used to clean, maintain and protect your home and car. Examples are cleaners,
paints, oils, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, and batteries. When these items are no
longer needed, you can bring them to the Kandiyohi Household Hazardous Waste Center.
- Cleaning Products – Make your own cleaning products to save money, reduce your
reliance on plastics, and use safer ingredients. Window Cleaner – 2 cups water, ¼ cup
white vinegar, ½ tsp. dish soap. Tub/Tile Cleaner – 1 tsp. laundry detergent, 12 oz. white
vinegar, 6 oz. Dawn dish soap, 10 oz. water. Laundry Soap – 2 bars Fels Naptha shredded, 3
cups Borax, 3 cups washing soda. Use 2-3 Tbls. for large loads.
- Safe Personal Products – Search for your personal care products on this website to find
out how safe they are for use - https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
- Recycle Styrofoam – Clean Styrofoam can be recycled in Hutchinson, MN at McLeod
1065 5th Ave SE, Hutchinson
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Set your thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter – Save up to $70 per year. You can save
up to 10% on your heating bills by simply turning your thermostat down 7-10 degrees
for eight hours.
- Seal air leaks – Save up to $155 per year. In most homes, if you add up all the air leaks, the
impact on your energy use is similar to leaving a window open. Air sealing is one of the
most cost-effective measures you can take to improve your home's comfort and energy
efficiency. You can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs.
- Install a programmable thermostat – Save up to $70 per year. When your home is empty, your heating and cooling systems are still using energy to maintain the temperature set on your thermostat. By turning your thermostat back by 7-10°F for eight hours a day, you can save 10% a year on heating and cooling.
- Turn your thermostat down when using your fireplace – Save up to $10 per year. You may be surprised to learn that fireplaces often lose more heat than they provide. That's because a fireplace must have air in order for the fire to burn. This air comes from your heated living space and is exhausted up the chimney, meaning your heating system must work harder to warm your home. Fireplaces also lose heat continuously even when they are not in use.
- Clear or replace air filters – Save up to $70 per year. Heating comprises up to 70% of total home energy use. Dirty air filters make your furnace, central air conditioner or room air conditioner work harder to circulate air. By cleaning or replacing your filters monthly, you can improve energy efficiency and reduce costs.
- Seal leaky ducts – Save up to $140 per year. Ducts carry air from your heating and AC systems to each room of your home. When ducts have leaks, they can lose up to 30% of heated or cooled air before it reaches living spaces. Just like opening the window while the heat or air conditioning is on, leaving your ducts in poor repair wastes energy and money.
- Clear area around heating and cooling vents – Save up to $30 per year. Furniture, carpets, and other objects can block vents and prevent heated or cooled air from traveling. This blockage makes your heating or cooling system work harder and prevents rooms from warming up or cooling down quickly.
- Insulate outlets and light switches – Save up to $10 per year. Outlets and light switches in the walls that separate your home from the outdoors are often overlooked sources of heating or cooling loss. Insulating these areas can reduce drafts and keep your home more comfortable. Order complimentary outlet/switch plate foam gasket covers (24-pack) at www.CenterPointEnergy.com/DIY.
- Run ceiling fans in reverse during the winter to circulate warm air – Save up to $10 per year. Ceiling fans help cool us and lower air conditioning needs in the summer. These same fans can actually be just as useful in the winter months, reducing your dependence on heating and lowering your energy bill.
- Install storm windows – Save up to $105 per year. Since heating can account for about 70% of average energy consumption, air loss should be minimized where possible. Adding storm windows can result in significant savings to you and can be more cost-effective than replacing your windows. There are several options for you to consider.
- Improve your home’s insulation – Save up to $155 per year. Improving the insulation in your home can be the single most effective action you can take to save energy. Improvements to insulation can help you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while reducing your energy costs by 15%.
- Shave a minute off shower time – Save up to $15 per year. The average American spends about 8 minutes taking a shower roughly once a day. Reducing average shower time by 1 minute can result in a 13% decrease in shower water use, which reduces the money you spend on water heating.
- Use low-flow showerheads and aerators – Save up to $45 per year. Inefficient showerheads and faucets cause you to waste water and spend more on water heating than you need to. Low-flow showerheads reduce water use without compromising pressure, while faucet aerators are a convenient and cost-effective way to conserve hot water. Check your showerheads and faucets to see if you could save with efficient models. What to look for:
1) To find efficient showerheads: Look on the package for a flow rate of 2.5 gpm or fewer.
2) To find efficient aerators: Choose those with flow rates of 1.5 gpm. Bring the aerator you’re replacing with you to the store to ensure the new one is a proper fit.
- Reduce your water heater’s temperature – Save up to $25 per year. Water heating accounts for up to 20% of a typical home's total energy use. You can save up to 22% of energy spent on water heating annually by lowering the temperature of your water heater.
Step by step instructions:
Check the owner’s manual for safety instructions before making any changes to your water heater’s settings.
1) Measure your current water temperature. Your water heater thermostat may be inaccurate, so it can be helpful to measure the water with a thermometer at the tap farthest from the water heater. If the water’s temperature is above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, proceed to the next step.
2) Mark the temperature setting and lower temperature. Using a marker, make a mark on the dial before turning the thermostat down so you can adjust later if needed. Lower the temperature setting.
3) Wait and remeasure. After a few hours, measure the water temperature again with a thermometer and adjust as needed until you reach 120 degrees.
4) Mark the temperature. Once you have reached 120 degrees, mark the setting on your dial for future reference.
Good to know: Note that if your dishwasher does not have a booster heater, a water temperature of 130-140 degrees may be necessary. Consult your owner’s manual for information.
- Use moisture sensor on your dryer to avoid over-drying – Save up to $10 per year. Clothes dryers use more energy than any other appliance. When circumstances do not allow for hang drying, you can still save some energy and money by using your clothes dryer efficiently.
1) Dry similar fabrics together. Dry your towels and other heavy items in a load separate from lighter-weight clothes.
2) Dry longer on a lower setting. This uses less energy than drying for a shorter time on a high setting. Using high heat can lead to shrinkage and clothing won’t last as long.
3) Get the lint out. Remember to clean the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation. Lint lengthens drying time. Clean vents to the outside once a year to reduce fire risk.
- Wash laundry with cold water – Save up to $10 per year. About 90% of the energy consumed for washing clothes is used to heat the water. Unless your clothes have oily stains, washing with cold or warm water will clean your clothes just as effectively.
38. Use moisture sensor on your dryer to avoid over-drying – Save up to $10 per year. Clothes dryers use more energy than any other appliance. When circumstances do not allow for hang drying, you can still save some energy and money by using your clothes dryer efficiently. 1) Dry similar fabrics together. Dry your towels and other heavy items in a load separate from lighter-weight clothes.2) Dry longer on a lower setting. This uses less energy than drying for a shorter time on a high setting. Using high heat can lead to shrinkage and clothing won’t last as long.3) Get the lint out. Remember to clean the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation. Lint lengthens drying time. Clean vents to the outside once a year to reduce fire risk.