Energy Conservation

Conserving energy is a guaranteed way to reduce your energy bill. It's also a great way to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment. Everybody wins when you follow these simple tips...

Throughout Your Home & Business

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). They use roughly 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Invest in dimmer switches and 3-way CFLs for manual lowering of light levels.
  • Ensure that registers and vents are clean and unobstructed by furniture and carpeting.
  • Close doors and registers in unoccupied rooms.
  • Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.
  • Kitchen Areas - clean up lines on the tips section, for example, K should not be in line with the bullet
  • Keep refrigerator, microwave and oven doors closed and make sure door seals are airtight.
  • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean so they can heat efficiently.
  • Cover pans to boil water or heat food; it heats faster and uses less energy.
  • Match the size of your pan to the size of the heating element to prevent heat loss.
  • Cover liquids and foods in the refrigerator since moisture makes the compressor work harder.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it's full.
  • Only use the "rinse/hold" function on your dishwasher for heavy loads.
  • After the rinse cycle, prop the dishwasher door open and let dishes air dry.


Office/Work Areas

  • Use the "stand by" or "sleep" mode on computers and printers to save approximately 80% of energy used. For free software, visit www.energystar.gov/powermanagement.
  • Completely turn off computers, printers, copiers, scanners and coffee pots at the end of the day.
  • Unplug recharging adapters for laptops and cell phones as soon as they're fully charged.
  • Use task lighting at your desk rather than lighting the entire room from overhead.

Living Areas

  • At the end of the day, unplug all electronics and media to prevent vampire energy use.
  • On sunny winter days, open blinds on south- and west-facing windows to improve solar (heat) gain; close them in the summer to reduce heat gain.
  • At night, close blinds and curtains to prevent loss of heat and air conditioning.
  • Place task lighting near places you read rather than using general overhead lighting.
  • Replace furnace filters once a month, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Inspect and weatherize doors and windows each season; repair promptly.
  • Seal air leaks in floors, ceilings, soffits, cabinets, ductwork, plumbing and electrical outlets.
  • In winter, set the thermostat at 68°F or below during the day.
  • Lower the water heater thermostat. 115°F is usually plenty for most homes.
  • Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a timer so they will turn off during the day.

 



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