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Energy Efficiency Tips

 

January 2016

If you only want to heat or supplement inadequate heating in one room, small space heaters can be less expensive to use than your central heating system.  Source: energy.gov

February 2016

Save energy and money by lowering your water heater thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will also slow mineral buildup and corrosion in your water heater and pipes.  Source: energy.gov

March 2016

Consider purchasing rechargeable batteries - and an ENERGY STAR charger for them - which are more cost effective than disposable batteries.  In the U.S. alone, more energy-efficient battery chargers could save families more than $170 million annually.  Source: energy.gov

April 2016

Earth Day is April 22.  Give back to the environment by planting a deciduous tree near your home.  Deciduous trees lose their leaves during the fall, allowing sunlight to warm your home.  The extra shade during summer months will keep your home cooler and give your AC a much needed break.  

May 2016

Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat.  The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.  Source: energy.gov

June 2016

Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner.  It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.  Source: energy.gov

July 2016

Use small electric pans, toaster ovens or convection ovens for small meals rather than your stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.  Source: energy.gov

August 2016

Is your room air conditioner working overtime? Reduce air leaks by installing rigid foam panels (instead of the commonly used accordion panels) in between the window frame and unit, and secure with duct tape.  Source: energy.gov

September 2016

Consider insulating your water heater tank, which could reduce standby heat losses by 25 to 45 percent and save you about 4 to 9 percent in water heating costs. You can find pre-cut jackets or blankets available from around $20.  Source: energy.gov

October 2016

An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating, you can save $75 each year.  Source: energy.gov

November 2016

Heating your living space uses more energy than any other system in your home – typically making up about 42 percent of your utility bill. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can save about 30 percent on your energy bill.  Source: energy.gov

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