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Summer Time Energy-Saving Tips


Be a speedy chef --Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.

Push a button to wash your dishes -- Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!

Fill up the fridge -- Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool. Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to reduce energy consumption while saving money. Here are some additional suggestions you can do at home, at absolutely no cost to you.

Turn up your thermostat -- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room. Always take into account health considerations and be sure to drink plenty of fluids in warm weather. (Save: 1 - 3 percent per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees)

Use your appliances wisely -- To help prevent electricity outages, avoid running your appliances during peak hours, -- from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- or anytime an electricity emergency is declared.

  • Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes. (Save: 4 percent)
  • Line dry clothes whenever you can.
  • When you need to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.
  • Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded, and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead.

Operating swimming pool filters and cleaning sweeps efficiently -- Reduce the operating time of your pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep to fourto five hours, and only during off-peak time.

Eliminate wasted energy --Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use. (Save: 2%)

  • Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.
  • Unplug and recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don't really need it.

Inexpensive Energy Solutions -- Make a quick trip to your local hardware store to purchase inexpensive energy-saving tools and equipment.

Replace air conditioner filters -- Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.

Plug your home's leaks -- Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.

Choose ENERGY STAR® products

  • Buy ENERGY STAR® certified table lamps and light fixtures, and replace your incandescent light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs. For example, install compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs in your porch light if you leave it on overnight.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR® certified torchieres.
  • Install an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat. (Save: 1-3 percent)

Install ENERGY STAR® windows -- If your windows are due for replacement, ENERGY STAR® windows can make your house more comfortable year-round.

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