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Quick Tips to Save Energy

Read the following tips and see how you can start saving more energy every time you use your major household appliances.

Water Heating:

  • Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees
  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full
  • Change your washing machine’s temperature setting from hot to warm and cut the ‘energy use per load’ in half
  • Take 5-10 minute showers rather than baths

Cooking:

  • Cover pots and pans when bringing water to a boil
  • Clean your cooktop thoroughly and often
  • Avoid opening the oven while cooking

Clothes Drying:

  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each and every load
  • Dry consecutive loads of clothing to take advantage of retained heat
  • Let clothes ‘air dry’when possiblet

Climate Control:

  • Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter
  • Clean or replace dirty AC and/or furnace filters every couple of months
  • Turn on ceiling fans to enjoy an additional 3 degrees of cooling power while taking an energy load off the AC (but don’t forget to turn off your fan when you leave the room!)
  • Close window blinds when it’s hot and keep them open when it’s not

Miscellaneous:

  • Use energy-saving light bulbs and turn off lights every time you leave the room
  • When purchasing new appliances, choose those featuring the ENERGY STAR® label
  • Turn off TVs, computers and any other appliances that aren’t in use, with the exception of your refrigerator
  • Run your pool pump for a span of 8 hours when the water temperature is higher than 70 degrees, and for 6 hours when it’s below 70 degrees
  • Cover your pool when it’s not in use, which can save you up to 50% on pool heating costs
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