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Energy Saving Tips

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  1. 1. Replace any light bulb that burns more than one hour per day with its equivalent compact fluorescent or LED bulb.
    2. Turn off unnecessary lighting.
    3. Replace outdoor lighting with its outdoor-rated equivalent compact fluorescent or LED bulb.
    4. Use fixtures with electric ballasts and T-8, 32-Watt fluorescent lamps.
    5. Use outdoor security lights with a photocell and/or motion sensor.
    6. Wash clothes in cold water. Use hot water only for very dirty loads.
    7. Only wash clothes when there is a full laundry load.
    8. If you must do smaller loads, adjust the water level in the washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water.
    9. Washing clothes always select the coldwater rinse option.
    10. Use bath towels at least twice before washing them.
    11. Clean your dryer’s lint trap before each load.
    12. Make sure that the outdoor dryer exhaust door closes when dryer is off.
    13. Verify dryer vent hose is tightly connected to inside wall fitting.
    14. Check that the dryer vent hose is tightly connected to the dryer.
    15. Make sure dryer vent hose is not kinked or clogged.
    16. Minimize clothes drying time; use moisture sensor on dryer if available.
    17. Dry consecutive loads to harvest heat remaining in dryer from last load.
    18. Consider using a “solar-powered” clothes dryer – an old-fashioned clothes line.
    19. Use microwave for cooking when possible.
    20. Use your refrigerator’s anti-sweat feature only if necessary.
    21. Switch your refrigerator’s power-saver to “ON”, if available.
    22. Set the refrigerator temperature to 34°-37°F and freezer temperature to 0°-5°F.
    23. Ensure gaskets around refrigerator door seal tightly.
    24. Unplug unused refrigerators or freezers.
    25. Clean refrigerator coils annually.
    26. When cooking on the range, use pot lids to help food cook faster.
    27. If you are heating water, use hot tap water instead of cold.
    28. Remember to use the kitchen exhaust fan when cooking and turn it off after cooking.
    29. Let hot food cool before storing it in the refrigerator.
    30. Use cold water for garbage disposal.
    31. Only run dishwasher when fully loaded.
    32. Rinse dirty dishes with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.
    33. Use air-dry cycle instead of heat-dry cycle to dry dishes.
    34. Turn computers and monitors off when not in use.
    35. Make sure electric blankets are turned off in the morning.
    36. Turn waterbed heater off when not needed.
    37. Close shades and drapes at night to keep heat in during the winter.
    38. Close shades and drapes during the day to keep heat out during summer.
    39. Remember to turn off hair curling irons and hot rollers.
    40. Change HVAC filters monthly.
    41. Turn off pool pump and/or heater when not needed.
    42. Verify livestock water tank heaters are off when not needed.
    43. Make sure heat tape is off when not needed.
    44. Unplug battery chargers when not needed, i.e., cell phone chargers
    45. Turn off coffee makers when not in use.
    46. Set thermostats to 76°F in summer, 68°F in winter.
    47. Run ceiling paddle fans on medium, blowing down in summer; and on low, blowing up in winter.
    48. Turn large-screen TV’s off completely when not in use.
    49. Turn off stereos and radios when not in use.
    50. Ensure all new appliances you purchase are Energy-Star approved.
  2. 51. Install window film/tint to exterior windows of your home to help reduce solar heat gain in the summer.

  3. Below are a few more that we have added:
    Buying new appliances - Buy Energy Right®
    Close fireplace damper when not in use
    Insulate your outlets and switch plates
    Switch to low-flow showerhead

  4. Summer Months
    Set Thermostat
    Normal 75 degrees
    Conservative 78 degrees

    Winter Months
    Set Thermostat
    Normal heat at 70 degrees
    Conservative at 68 degrees

  5. For more energy tips: EnergyRight | Touchstone Energy