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Cost Saving Tips

 

Water Heating

  • Set water heater temp no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Install water-heater wrap per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Limit shower length to 5-7 minutes.
  • Install low-flow shower heads.

Heating & Air Conditioning

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees in summer, 68 degrees in winter
  • Change HVAC filters monthly
  • During the winter close shades and drapes at night to keep heat in.  Open drapes and shades during the day to catch free solar heat in winter. 
  • During the summer, keep shades and drapes closed during the day to keep heat out.
  • Caulk around storm windows and basement windows.
  • Install programmable thermostats.

Laundry

  • Wash clothes in cold water.  Use hot water only for very dirty loads.
  • Only do full laundry loads.
  • Clean your dryer's lint trap before each load.

Kitchen

  • Clean refrigerator coils annually.
  • Use microwave for cooking when possible.
  • Only run dishwasher when fully loaded.
  • Keep lids on all pots and pans while cooking to cook food faster, and keep the temperature in your kitchen cooler.

Lighting

  • Install CFL bulbs in fixtures you use most often in your home.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting.

Miscellaneous

  • Turn computers and monitors off when not in use.
  • Turn large-screen TV's off completely when not in use.
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR appliances when possible.

 

 
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