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Energy Saving Tips

Here are some more resources to help you find ways to reduce your energy use.

Heating and Cooling:

  • Weatherstrip and caulk your windows and doors
  • Seal and insulate your home
  • Consider installing a Geothermal Heat Pump to heat and cool your home, save up to 70% on your heating and cooling costs.
  • Clean your furnace's filter monthly
  • Consider buying an ENERGY STAR furnace or air conditioner, insulating and sealing ducts and relocating heating and air conditioning vents.
  • Cover your hot water heater with an insulation blanket
  • Consider installing energy efficient windows or storm windows

Saving Water:

  • Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater to 120F or less
  • Install a low flow shower head
  • Solar hot water heaters can reduce your hot water heating bill
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • If available, use the energy savings settings on your dishwasher and washing machine.
  • Consider air drying your clothes. saves energy, money and keeps your clothes lasting longer.
  • Take a shorter shower

Computing Equipment:

  • Learn how to set power management on your computer
  • Buy a Climate Savers certified energy efficient computer
  • Plug your computer peripherals (printer, scanner, speakers, fax machine) into a powerstrip and power down when not in use.

Electronics and Home Appliances:

  • Turn down the brightness on your TV and computer monitor
  • Look for and purchase ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics
  • Consider replacing that old, second refrigerator in the basement - This calculator determines how much energy your refrigerator is using
  • Plug home electronics into a powerstrip and turn off when not in use. Or unplug appliances that you rarely use - when was the last time you used that VCR?
  • Don't keep your refrigerator and freezer too cold. Set temperature between 36-38 degrees F and freezers at 0-5 degrees.

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