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22 Ways To Save Energy
With the rising cost of energy cost, here are some easy to do tips to help lower your energy bill.
1. Get a Home Energy Tune-uP® from Green Tag Inspections to see what areas in your home can be improved.
2. Add more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, preferably with a resistance rating of R-21 to R-30.
3. Seal energy leaks. Caulk over cracks and small holes around windows and exterior walls.
Look carefully around plumbing pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and bathroom drains and under counter
4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
5. Instead of leaving porch lights on all night, install a motion sensing fixture instead.
6. Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 -kilowatt hours a month. It might not sound like much,
but it adds up.
7. Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if your home is vacant most of the day. Set it to turn on a half hour
before anyone arrives home.
8. Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait. Turning your thermostat up or down dramatically
wasted energy and increases your heating costs.
9. Lower you hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no less than 120 degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you
need and save 25-kilowatt hours a month.
10. If you have an electric water heater, install a timer to keep it from cycling during the night.
11. Replace shower heads with low flow heads.
12. Let your dishes air dry instead of using the dry cycle.
13. Fix leaky faucets. One drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.
14. Invest in weather-stripping kits if you've got drafty doors, and windows.
15.Turn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving"sleep"mode.
16. During the summer months, close your blinds and /or curtains during the day and open them at night. In the
winter, do the opposite.
17. Don't leave your computer on or in sleep mode all night, turn it off.
18. Participate in your power company's special energy-saving program. Some programs shut down electric
appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference at the time, but you will notice
a difference when you get your bill.
19. Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards
set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
20. Consider a front-loading washing machine. They use 50 percent less energy and one-third less water. Plus, they
remove far more water in the rinse cycle, and that translates into big savings in dryer time.
21. When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than how it looks.
Light-colored roofs, such a white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool
quickly at night.
22. Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by blocking winter winds or the
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