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Save with These Energy Saving Tips

It all adds up!

Small changes in the way you use energy around the home can add up and save energy every day.

Click on the links below to see how your family can get started..

Lighting

  1. Replace older strings of holiday lights with more energy efficient LEDs. They are cool to the touch and can save you up to 90 percent off your decorative lighting energy costs.
  2. LEDs thrive in outdoor environments because of their durability and performance in cold weather. Look for Energy Star LED pathway lights, step lights, and porch lights for outdoor use.
  3. If LEDs are not an option, consider buying new miniature lights, which use about 70 percent less energy and last longer than the larger bulbs.
  4. Timers and photo cells can help reduce power usage by turning the lights on at dusk and turning them off at a desired time. Just make sure that the timer you use is rated to handle the total wattage of your lights.
  5. If you don't use timers, unplug your lights when you go to sleep or leave home.
  6. Rather than adding more lights to your tree, try enhancing the existing lighting with tinsel, mirrored ornaments and other reflective items.
  7. Try floodlights on the outside of your home. Models are available for LED, incandescent and halogen bulbs.

Food Storage

  1. Keeping the refrigerator and freezer full is energy efficient, because the mass of cold items inside helps the refrigerator recover each time the door is opened.  If you don’t have enough food to fill it, use jugs of tap water.
  2. Help your refrigerator and freezer operate efficiently and economically by keeping the doors closed as much as possible so the cold air doesn’t escape. However, leaving the door open for a longer time while you take out items you need is more efficient than opening and closing it several times.
  3. Allow hot food to cool before storing in the refrigerator or freezer.

Cooking

  1. Cook as many dishes as possible in your microwave over the holidays. Microwaves cook food quickly, and the typical model uses as much as 75 percent less energy than a conventional oven.
  2. Use your slow cooker. For about 17 cents worth of electricity, you can prepare an entire meal.
  3. When using your oven, check cooking progress by looking through the window. Opening the oven door for even a few seconds lowers the temperature inside by as much as 25°F.
  4. If your stove doesn't have a window, try not to open the door to check your food until it's as close to the expected finish time as possible.
  5. As long as your oven is on, cook several items at the same time. Just make sure you leave enough room for the heat to circulate around each casserole and pie plate.
  6. Turn off your oven several minutes before your food is fully cooked. As long as the door remains closed, enough heat will be stored inside to finish cooking your meal.
  7. If you use glass or ceramic pans, try turning your oven temperature down 25°F. Your dish may cook just as quickly.
  8. When cooking on your stove top, match the size of the pan to the heating element. More heat will get to the pan and less will be lost.

Clothing

  1. Wear those Christmas sweaters and socks to help keep you comfortable in your home without raising the thermostat.
  1. Turn off lights when not in use. You save more energy turning them off than leaving them on.

  2. Turn your TV off. When you're not watching, turn it off, even if it's just for a few minutes. It'll save energy.  And save you money.

  3. Close the refrigerator door. Every time it's opened, up to 30% of cool air escapes. Keep it closed as much as possible and save energy.

  4. Beware of Phantom Power. Many electronics use power when "off." Unplug them when not in use and save energy.

  5. Cover up when it's cold. In the winter, before raising the thermostat, try putting on a sweater or sleeping with an extra blanket. You'll keep your heating costs down and save energy.

  6. Set your thermostat to 68° or lower. Keeping it low in winter will keep your energy bill down.

  7. Set your thermostat to 78° or higher in the summer. Anything lower, and your energy bill increases by up to 5%  per degree!

  8. Clean the lint filter after every laundry load. A clogged filter slows drying and uses more energy.

  9. Arrange furniture to take advantage of natural light. Place desks and reading chairs next to windows so you don't need additional light during the day.

  10. Remove extra bulbs in linear light fixtures. If they give off more light than you need, take them out to save energy.

  11. Install your dishwasher away from the refrigerator. Otherwise, the dishwasher's heat will make the refrigerator work harder.

  12. Turn off the oven 10 to 15 minutes before cooking time runs out. Food will continue to cook without the extra energy.

  13. Don't use hot water in situations where you can avoid it. It costs more and uses more energy than cold water.

  14. Take advantage of the sun's warmth. Open curtains and shades when the sun is shining to help keep your house naturally warm.  By keeping the heater off, you save energy.

  15. Run exhaust fan while cooking. It forces hot air out of the house, keeping energy costs down.

  16. Set your water heater thermostat to 120. It will run more efficiently if set to the proper temperature.
  17. Set your freezer to 30. Food will stay frozen. And you conserve energy.

  18. Use the "no heat" setting on your dishwasher. Heat drying is not necessary after a hot-wash cycle.  By keeping it off, you save energy.

  19. Cover pots and pans with tight-fitting lids. Trapped steam helps cook food faster on an electric stove. And the less time your stove on, the more energy you save.
  20. Run the exhaust fan when bathing in the summer. It will keep the hot air out of your house so the AC doesn't have to work harder to keep it cool.
  21. Don't let air escape from inside your house. In the winter, keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.  You'll keep the warm air in and reduce the need to turn up your thermostat.
  22. Use your ceiling fan during winter, not your heater. Reverse the blades and run them at a low speed so that they pull cold air up and push warm air down through the room. And you stay warm without turning up your thermostat, helping keep energy costs down.

  23. Save Energy while on vacation. While on vacation in the summer.  Turn your air conditioner off or move the thermostat to a higher setting.

  24. When you're away for the winter Holidays, set your thermostat to 55. This will save energy while preventing your pipes from freezing.


 

  1. Replace outdoor lights with motion-detector lighting. Lights that are not being used will stay off and save energy.

  2. Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. They use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, and save you about $30 in electricity costs over the bulb's lifetime.

  3. Use your microwave. Cooking with one is faster and more efficient than using an oven.
  4. Use a toaster for small jobs. It uses up to half as much energy as a conventional oven.

  5. Keep your refrigerator full. Food retains cold better than air does, so a full refrigerator works less than an empty one to keep cold.

  6. Keep your freezer stocked. It's more energy-efficient when full.

  7. Install weather stripping on windows. It minimizes gaps and reduces heat loss, helping you keep heating costs down and save energy.

  8. Paint interior walls a lighter color. This will reflect light throughout your house and limit the need for additional lighting.

  9. Install dimmer switches where it makes sense in your home. Use them on frequently used lights.

  10. Install more attic insulation. Upgrading from three inches to twelve cuts heating costs up to 20% and cooling costs up to 10%.

  11. Apply door sweeps on exterior doors. In the winter, they minimize gaps and reduce heat loss.

  12. Keep your ac running smoothly. Replace filters monthly to ensure your ac unit operates at peak efficiency.

  13. Check your heat pump filters monthly during winter. They may need to be cleaned or changed to operate more efficiently and save energy.
  14. If you heat an outdoor pool, cover it at night. This will conserve up to 70% of energy that would otherwise go up in steam.

  15. Add some Green Power to your life. When you purchase it you're reinvesting money into future renewable energy resources. And helping make your state a little bit more green.
  1. Do "Heat" activities during the coolest parts of the day. Wash, bathe and bake at morning or night in the summer when it's cooler.  You'll save energy, and help the environment.

  2. Recycle used motor oil. Take it to a GOFER Oil recovery site And we'll turn it into electricity.

  3. Vacuum refrigerator condenser coils once a year. Keeping them clean helps your fridge operate more efficiently and use less electricity.

  4. Clean refrigerator gaskets regularly. Your fridge will operate more efficiently and use less electricity.

  5. Keep your air conditioner running smoothly. Have your equipment checked once a year by a qualified heating and cooling dealer to ensure it's running as energy efficient as possible.
  6. Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Reduced usage will save energy and keeps your energy costs down.

  7. Always measure detergent when doing laundry. Too many suds will make the washer work harder than it should. Make sure you use the correct amount and save energy.



 










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