Energy Smart: 10 tips on saving energy

10 tips on saving energy

  1. Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when they are not in use. Unplug idle power adapters and cell-phone cords.
  2. Replace at least five incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).  
  3. Install a programmable thermostat. In winter, lower the temperature when you are typically at work or asleep.
  1. Change or clean filters in heating and cooling equipment. During peak times, change or clean filters monthly.
  2. Use fans. You can raise summer air-conditioner settings by 3-5 degrees with no loss in comfort when using fans. Reverse blades in winter.
  3. Control direct sunlight through windows. Use blinds, screens, awnings, vines, etc. in summer.  In cold weather, the sun can bring warmth through windows.
  4. Perform basic weatherization. Repair holes and cracks around pipe penetrations and under sinks; weather strip or caulk around doors and windows.
  5. Check attic insulation. The recommended insulation level is R-38, or about 12- 15 inches, depending on insulation type.
  6. Don’t over-dry your clothes.  Running a typical dryer for 15 minutes less per load can save you up to $35 per year. Remember to keep lint trap clean.
  7. Unplug old refrigerators or freezers that are seldom used.  These old appliances can add up to 15 percent to your electric bill.

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