Energy Saving Tips
BEAT THE PEAK - Quick Tips
Extremely hot or cold temperatures often leads to high demand and a spike in energy prices. Reduce your energy usage by doing fuller loads of laundry off peak times (like from 9 PM - 6 AM), turning off unnecessary lighting and electronics, and using smaller appliances like a microwave to cook food instead of a stove.
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Energy Saving Tips
Switch to LED lighting.
Swap out CFL and fluorescent light bulbs for Energy Star LED lighting. LED lights last longer than ordinary bulbs AND they use less energy.
Set your thermostat back.
Setting your thermostat back even a few degrees, especially when you are gone for the day, can save you energy on your energy bill.
Use ENERGY STAR Certified appliances.
Out shopping for a new clothes washer, dishwasher, clothes washer, or freezer? Buy a new appliance with the Energy Star logo. These are appliances that are certified to save energy. Visit www.energystar.gov for a full list of all Energy Star Certified products.
Change your furnace filter regularly.
Not replacing your furnace filter regularly can reduce the air flow and output of your system, making it work harder and use more electricity.
Weatherize windows and doors.
Weatherstripping and caulking windows and doors are an inexpensive way to reduce cold drafts in the winter and cool air escaping in the summer.
Unplug unused appliances.
Many appliances use energy whether they are plugged in or not. This is also known as phantom energy. Save some green by unplugging any appliances that aren't in use.
Do you use a dehumidifier or space heater?
During the summer months, dehumidifiers, although great for basements and damp spaces, can use a lot of electricity. Purchase an Energy Star Certified dehumidifier that is certified to be energy efficient. Running a space heater in the winter? Although they can keep a room nice and toasty, they also may consumer a lot of electricity. Be sure to unplug your space heater whenever you leave home or leave the room.
Check out this PDF of 101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money.