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Thread: 17 ways to save on energy
03-04-2008, 12:51 PM #1KristinGuest
17 ways to save on energy
1. Get a home energy audit every couple of years with your power
company to find ways to cut costs.
2. Check with your utility company for rebates whenever you install
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3. Add more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, with the
appropriate R-value, or resistance to heat flow, for your climate and
the type of heating in your house..
4.Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 kilowatt
hours a month. It might not sound like much, but it adds up.
5. 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.
6. Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait.
Turning your thermostat up or down dramatically wastes energy and
increases your heating costs.
7. Lower your hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no lower than 120
degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you need and save 25
kilowatt hours a month.
8. Fix leaky faucets -- one drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.
9. Invest in weather-stripping kits if you've got drafty doors.
10. Trade your standard candescent bulbs for compact fluorescent
bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of
months, consume little power and generate little heat.
11. Turn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving
12. 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 bathtub drains and under
13. 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 -- except in your
14. 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.
15.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.
16.When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more
on energy efficiency than on how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such
as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of
reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.
17.Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your
energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.