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Energy Tips:

  • Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Also, the first day of spring could serve as a reminder to check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels.
  • Open windows. Opening windows creates a cross-wise breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on air conditioners. This is an ideal tactic in spring when temperatures are mild.
  • Use ceiling fans. Cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to raise your thermostat four degrees. This can help lower your electricity bills without sacrificing overall comfort.
  • Cook outside. On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.
  • Install window treatments. Energy efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise. These devices not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs.
  • Caulk air leaks. Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out – and cash in your wallet.
  • Bring in sunlight. During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to brighten your home.
  • Set the thermostat. On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.
  • Seal ducts. Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Sealing and insulating ducts can go a long way toward lowering your electricity bills.
  • Switch on bathroom fans. Bathroom fans suck out heat and humidity from your home, improving comfort.
  • Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
  • Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking! The microwave uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
  • 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 to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter. Every degree of extra heating or cooling will increase energy usage 6% to 8%.
  • Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
  • Replace your cable box with another DVR service. Typically a cable box uses almost as much power as your refrigerator.
  • Make sure your storm windows are down in the winter time.
  • Be sure to lock your windows, an unlocked window is 40%. Less energy efficient.
  • Avoid using space heaters, including electric, kerosene or propane models. Not only are they expensive to operate, they’re also very dangerous.
  • If you’ll be going on vacation, lower the thermostat to 55 degrees. This will save energy while preventing water pipes from freezing.
  • Plant a tree. One well-placed shade tree can reduce your cooling costs by 25 percent.
  • During the winter, remove window air conditioners and seal the windows with caulk and weatherstripping. You might also want to cover the central air compressor with a tarp to keep it clean.
  • Check the exterior of your home for air leaks, especially around openings for water spigots, air conditioner hoses, dryer vents and gas pipes. Use caulk or expanding foam to seal spaces.
  • Get rid of spare refrigerators or freezers. An extra appliance can add more than $100 to your energy bills every year, and it’s a safety hazard for small children.
  • Unplug any electrical device that’s not being used. Many appliances, especially computers, televisions and VCRs draw power even when turned off.

Energy Education:

  • 51% of all energy savings comes from you the consumer learning to change your lifestyle
  • Install a programmable thermostat – reduce energy use up to 10%
  • Switch to LED lighting – save 84% on your lighting bill
  • Un-Plug home electronics, Phantom loads – save up to $100 per year
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater from 140 to 120°F – save 15%
  • Air Seal and Insulate your attic – save 40 to 50% on your energy usage
  • ENERGY STAR products can save you 15 to 35% each year
  • Average US households spend 50% of their energy costs on heating and cooling
  • Upgrade Your Mechanical Systems – Savings – Geothermal 55% – Mini Splits 50%
  • Passive Solar – embrace the sun – save 30%
  • Use Shades – Part of the Passive Solar systems
  • Reduce Your Cable Bill – Streaming can save you 50%
  • Outside Water Usage Accounts for 54% of a normal households use – Cisterns and rain barrels
  • Cable Boxes – Use as much power and a normal refrigerator – 2nd largest energy user in homes
  • Window Air Conditioner – Save 44% with a Mini Split that also heats in the winter
  • Go Solar – Cut your homes energy demand and costs – Off set the rest with panels on the roof

 

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