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Ten Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Appliances account for more than 25% of your homes energy consumption.
  • The refrigerator is a major energy user and it is best to keep the thermostat at 36° to 40° F and the freezer at 5° F.

    Check that the seal on each door is tight by closing it on a dollar bill. If you can slide it out easily, you should replace the seal. Consider replacing a refrigerator older than 10 years with a new EnergyStar model. Such an upgrade can save $75 to $100 per year on electricity because EnergyStar qualified refrigerators use half the energy of models sold just 5 years ago.

  • Run a dishwasher only when it’s full, and turn off the heat-dry function.

  • Run only full loads in the washer and dryer.

    If you wash a small amount, use the small-capacity setting, which cuts water use by as much as 50%.

Air conditioning and heating systems are big energy users and are often not properly maintained and utilized.
  • Always provide routine cleaning and maintenance for your heating and A/C systems to achieve the best and maximum efficiencies.

  • Air filters should be replaced at least every 3 months.

  • Programmable thermostats are effective for best efficiencies.

    With a programmable thermostat you can set your heating and A/C system to operate when you are at home or away. When at work or on vacation, it can be programmed to turn on and off at specific times. For example, this might be useful when returning home from work on a hot or cold day to find a comfortable temperature when your cooling or heating unit was turned on an hour or so in advance. This prevents your unit from running all day to maintain a particular temperature.

    Also, a humidifier can be effective during the winter months by keeping the body more comfortable. The lower humidity often experienced during the cold winter months causes the body to feel colder which usually requires maintaining a higher room temperature.

  • Ceiling fans create air movement, providing a more comfortable living area and allowing you to adjust the thermostat and save more energy.
How many light bulbs do you use in your house?
  • It is best to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.

    They cost more but last up to 13 times longer, and they use just 25 percent of the electricity.

Present day water heaters are inefficient. Electricity is constantly needed to keep the water hot – even when you’re not using it. There are ways to help you save energy.
  • Your water heater recommended temperature setting is 110 – 120 degrees.

    Water heater blankets can reduce heat loss by 6%. Consider a tankless water heater – it only heats water when you need it.

Any appliance with a clock, light or remote uses energy continuously, as does any sort of charger when plugged in. These phantom power losses account for 5 to 15 percent of your electricity usage.
  • Set up a recharging station for cell phones, MP3 players and personal digital assistants on one power strip.

    Charge them when you get home, and turn off the strip when you go to bed.


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