BEING ENERGY EFFICIENT
Energy efficiency can save you money, but to do so effectively involves more than just using less energy – it requires you to become aware of how energy is used, where it’s wasted, and how it can be used more effectively in everyday life. Here are some tips to help your home or business become more energy efficient and save some $$$.
- To lower your A/C costs during the warmer months, use fans and keep those doors, windows, and shades closed during the day to reduce heat coming in.
- Instead of overhead lights, use desktop lamps with CFL’s.
- If possible, wash your clothes in cold water. About 80% of the energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water.
- Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
- Clean or replace all filters in your home once a month. Dirty filters make your heating and cooling systems work harder and run longer than necessary.
- Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking. The microwave uses up to two-thirds less energy than your stove.
- Don’t peek in the oven while baking! You peek and the temperature drops 25° F and requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
- Control your fixtures with a photocell or a timer to assure dusk-to-dawn only operation of your outdoor lights.
- Don’t leave your computer on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer, and fax machine when you need them.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler, reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM, and reduce the chance of an emergency!
- Don’t leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary. They replace inside air with outside.
- Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
- Turn off the lights when they’re not in use. Lighting accounts for about 15% of a typical residential utility bill.
- Don’t leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight, it only takes a couple of hours to charge.
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