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  • Install ceiling insulation

 

  • Weather strip or insulate your attic door or hatch to prevent air from escaping from the top of your house.

 

  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun.  Improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

 

  • Installing an attic cooling/exhaust fan will make the house more comfortable so your air-conditioner won’t have to work as hard, which will save energy.

 

  • Keep curtains closed.  This prevents heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.

 

  • Close off unheated areas.

 

  • Don’t overheat the room.  Increasing thermostat by one degree can increase costs by 3%.

 

  • Clean heating and air-conditioner filters regularly.

 

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances.

 

  • Turn off appliances when not in use.

 

  • Remove dust and fluff from the fan and reflective surfaces of heater to keep clean, efficient and safe.

 

  • Cutting a 15 minute shower in half can save substantially on yearly hot water costs.

 

  • Don’t block vents or ducts inside the house.  Maintaining clear paths allows your cooling and heating systems to work more efficiently.

 

  • Install timer on bathroom exhaust fans and set for fifteen minutes after showering to insure that all moisture is removed to prevent mold.

 

  • Install programmable heating/cooling thermostats.  This will save you an average of 20% in heating and cooling costs.

 

  • Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) that carry the Energy Star label.  Energy Star qualified CFL’s use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

 

  • Light dimmers not only set the mood, they also save energy and prolong the life of the bulb.

 

  • Use ceiling or oscillating fans to keep air moving, so you feel cooler without increasing air-conditioner use.

 

  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full.

 

  • Your refrigerator runs most efficiently when it is full.

 

  • Install photocell controls to prevent lights from being accidentally left on during the day.

 

  • Cleaning out your dryer vent regularly will prevent fires and help your dryer operate more efficiently.

 

  • About 80 to 85 percent of the energy involved in washing clothes is used to heat the water.   Using less water and switching your temperature setting from hot to warm or cold can cut energy use in half.

 

  • Use ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s generally cooler outside.  Use a microwave oven to cook, or barbecue outside, if possible.

 

  • To save even more energy, defer the use of the dishwasher until off-peak hours, after 6:30 pm and before 9:30 am.

 

  • Save electricity and reduce waste heat by shutting off lights.  Seldom used home electronics should actually be unplugged from the wall. Items like DVD players, VCRs and cordless phones use 40 % of their energy while in the off position to power functions like clocks and remote controls.  You can make it easy to turn off all the home electronics by simply plugging them into power strips, and them turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.

 

  • Remember three important words:  turn it off.  Don’t leave the video game on pause or the computer in sleep mode.  Those electronics are still using energy, even when you aren’t using them. 

 

  • Those high-definition televisions are great, but keep in mind.. they use six times as much energy as a regular television.

     Facts:

 

 §         When you use less energy at home, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
    power plants and help protect our environment from the risks of global climate
    changes.

 

 §         The energy used in the average home can be responsible for more than twice
    the greenhouse gas emission of the average car.

 

 §         The smallest thing can add up to a real difference

 

 §         We encourage you to change the light fixtures or bulbs that you use most with
    Energy Star qualified models

 

 §         If every American home replaced their five most frequently used light fixtures or
   bulbs in them with Energy Star, we would save close to $8 billion each year in
   energy costs, and together we would prevent the greenhouse gasses equivalent
   to the emissions from nearly ten million cars.

 
 

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