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Energy Saving Tips
Refrigerators
  • Units operate most efficiently if the coils are periodically dusted and the appliance has room in the rear for air to circulate
  • Make sure the gasket around the door is not loose or torn If it is, have it repaired or replaced
  • Old units are often much less efficient If you have an old model second refrigerator, do not use it
  • Make sure your compressor is cycling on and off If not, have the unit checked out

Electric Hot Water Heater
  • Turn down the temperature setting to 120 degrees
  • Install an insulated blanket if recommended by the manufacturer
  • Install insulation on hot water pipes
  • If you have noticed a sudden increase in your electric bill, have a technician check the thermostats and elements in the heater for proper operation
  • Install low flow showerheads and faucet aerators

Dishwasher
  • Operate only when full
  • Let the dishes dry with the door open

Attic
  • Install R-30 insulation

Laundry Room
  • Operate only with full loads
  • Use cold water to wash and rise if possible
  • Don't let the dryer run longer than necessary
  • Clean lint filter in the dryer after every use

Heating
  • Set the thermostat to 68 degrees during the day and lower at night
  • Install a digital programmable thermostat
  • Turn off electric heat in unused rooms
  • Close off all vents in unoccupied rooms

Air Conditioning
  • Set temperature to 78 degrees because a 75 degrees setting costs 18% more; a 72 degrees setting costs 39% more
  • Check filters monthly and replace when necessary
  • Use a fan at night instead of the air conditioner

Lighting
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent whenever possible They cost more but last ten times longer
  • If you must use an incandescent bulb, use energy efficient bulbs
  • Turn off lights when leaving rooms
  • Use fewer bulbs in multi-bulb fixture