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Energy saving tips.

Tip # 1

Make sure your window and doors are properly sealed; if you find broken or missing seals, visit your nearest hardware store.  A couple of dollars worth of weather stripping could save you hundreds on utility bills this winter.

Tip # 2

Longer winter days mean more time spent indoors; this will result in higher electric bills.  Carefully select light bulbs in areas were you will spend most of your time and replace them with ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs.

Tip # 3

Install a ENERGY STAR qualified thermostat and use it to save energy when you are not at home.

Tip # 4

Install a water heater jacket to reduce the heat loss that results from differential temperature losses between the water heater and the surrounding environment.

Tip # 5

Replacing AC filters monthly or as needed helps cooling systems run more efficiently, use less energy, and lower energy bills.

Tip # 6

Also, keep both outdoor and indoor air conditioner coils clean. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor operating efficiency.

Tip # 7

Reduce the cooling load by effectively shading east and west windows. Close curtains during the day, and install awnings on south-facing windows. Plant shade trees or vines.

Tip # 8

When possible, delay heat-producing activities such as dish washing until the evening.

Tip # 9

During the cooling season, keep your house closed tight in the daytime to keep unwanted heat and humidity out. If necessary, ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.

Tip # 10

Avoid running a dehumidifier at the same time as the AC. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.

Tip # 11

Turn off your computer and monitor when you are done using them; activate the “sleep” feature so the machine powers down when on but not in use for a while. When you leave a room, turn off the lights and all other energy-using equipment.

Tip # 12

Shift energy-intensive tasks such as laundry and dish washing to off-peak energy demand hours to increase electricity reliability during heat waves; do full loads when you run washers, dryers, and dishwashers; wash clothes in cold water when possible; clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load.

Tip # 13

Keep lamps or TVs away from the air conditioner thermostat. The heat they generate will cause your air conditioner to run longer, running up bills unnecessarily.

Tip # 14

Get the most energy-efficient air conditioner you can afford. Look for a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) 12 or higher on central systems and the Energy Star label on room units. Savings will show up on your next electric bill.

TIP # 15

Save up to 10 percent a year with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature by 10 to 15 percent for the hours that the house is unoccupied.

TIP # 16

Plug energy leaks by caulking and weather stripping all seams, cracks and openings to the outside. You can save 10 percent or more on energy bills by reducing air leaks.

TIP # 17

Finance energy efficiency investments when refinancing your mortgage to take advantage of low interest rates. The interest may be deductible, and your monthly energy bills will be lower.

TIP # 18

Cut utility bills by up to 30 percent with air conditioners, major appliances, lighting, and electronics that have the Energy Star label – the government’s symbol for energy efficiency.

TIP # 19

Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use one-fourth the energy and last up to seven times longer. Replace halogen fixtures with compact fluorescents that use 60-80 percent less energy, produce more light, and stay cooler.

TIP # 20

For outdoor lighting, consider combining energy-efficient light bulbs with motion sensors to provide security while reducing energy use. Indoors, use dimmers, timers, or occupancy/motion detectors or timers.






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