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    How to save energy costs


    Whenever winter approaches, and particularly for those living in the colder climates, for instance the Northeast, energy costs will usually soar because of the additional use of heating fuel. Also during the summer months energy costs can still rise by the additional use of an air conditioning. But by taking the following preventive energy reducing measures, this cost can be reduced which will result not only in energy savings but monetary savings.


    1. By lowering the thermostat to around 65 degrees F or even lower to around 60 degrees F when no one is home will cut down the percentage of energy use required.


    2. By having the furnace (particularly oil furnaces) professionally cleaned, i.e. clearing it of carbon and other residue will help it to operate and burn fuel more efficiently.


    3. By installing storm windows or windows specifically made to keep heat from escaping and cold air from coming in, will cut down on heating fuel cost.


    4. By taking an inventory of all outer windows, doors, outside vents, and checking to see what areas might be letting cold air come in, or allowing heat to escape, then weather-stripping around these windows and doorways will cut down on fuel consumption.


    5. By not heating rooms that are not being used, prevents unnecessary waste of fuel.


    6. By taking special care with fireplaces, ensuring that cold air isn?t coming in, or that heat isn?t escaping through a damper, will increase energy savings.


    7. By raising during the summer months the temperature of an air conditioner to around 76 degrees F rather than say leaving it down to around 70 degrees F will save on electricity as each degree will save approximately 5% in energy cost.


    8. By keeping the air conditioning filter clean will also help the unit run more efficiently.


    9. By installing the air conditioning unit on the shady side of the house rather than in direct sun will also help it operate better.


    10. By looking for the most energy efficient appliance will cut down on electrical/gas costs. For instant it is now known that front-loading washing machines uses one-third less water and energy than top-loading washing machines.


    11. By ensuring that refrigerator door seals are tight, i.e. putting a piece of paper between the door and refrigerator and after shutting the door, if the paper pulls out easily, replace the seal. Also by cleaning the coils in the back once a year will help it run more efficiently.


    12. By looking for a dryer that has a drying sensor feature, which will automatically turn off when the clothes are dried and will stop the dryer from running longer than necessary.


    13. By using compact fluorescent bulbs (aka CF bulbs) which lasts 10,000 hours as compared to only 750 hours for incandescent bulbs will in the long run save not only energy, but the cost of bulb replacement.


    14. By reducing the temperature on the hot water heater to around 110 degrees F, and insulating the unit will reduce energy cost.


    15. By using heavier drapes/curtains in the winter will help prevent heat from escaping, or in the summer, keep the cool air from an air conditioner inside.


    16. By installing awnings on outside windows and doors on the sunny side of a house will also help keep a house cooler in the summer months, plus the use of shade trees.


    17. Bu installing an attic fan will eliminate hot air that can put a strain on an air conditioning system during the hot summer months as heat will build up in that space. And a black roof will also attract and keep the heat as opposed to light colored roofing.


    18. By adding more installation to the structure of a house, whether in between walls or between ceiling and attic will make the house more energy efficient.


    19. By always turning lights off when leaving a room will cut down on energy costs.


    20. By washing clothes mostly in cold water wash rather than hot water will help reduce the over all electric bill.


    By taking the above energy saving preventive measures will not only help cut down energy costs, but will also help keep the environment cleaner. This takes a little time and effort, but well worth it in terms of yearly savings.



    Written by MARIE ROY
    From: "Krista" <EmailGoddess@>
    Date: Fri Jul 26, 2002 2:29 pm
    Subject: How to save energy costs

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    Default Re: cut Down on Energy Costs

    More great tips on reducing energy costs & saving a bit of cash.
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    Default Re: cut Down on Energy Costs

    The winter layer on the clothes and layer on the blankets in bed. Or use a hot water bottle and use that to warm yourself up at night during the winter.

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    I have been trying hard to save on my energy bill. What I found that helped me is turning off all lights that aren't in use. I rarely turn on any light during the day, I just open up the blinds. Also, since money is so extremely tight, I have made a rule for myself: I only allow myself to have two things plugged in and on at once. If I want to cook, fine but no tv and no computer on. If I want tv on, fine, but no heat on and no cooking. If I want my computer on, I don't have on the tv. I have found it has helped keep my bill lower.

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    I love to read about ways to save money!!

    In addition to using only warm or cold water for laundry, wash only large loads...not small or medium sized ones. If you don't have enough dirty laundry for a FULL large load, wait until you do.

    Bake items in bulk and consecutively. Mark a certain day as a 'bake' day. Use that day to bake all your needed items for your menu that week. Either store them in the fridge or freeze them as needed.

    Also, keep your freezer full. Full freezers are more efficient than lesser filled ones.

    If ceiling are high enough, ceiling fans can help with heating and cooling costs....just make sure to turn them off when not in the room.

    If in the market to replacing your roof soon, have a 'ridge vent' installed on the top of your roof...much more energy efficient than the old type mushroom or turtle type roof vents.

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    We keep our thermostat at around 65 or so in winter. (We have 2 propane fireplaces that have thermostats.) In the summer, we keep it at around 80. I also open the curtains and the mini blinds in the winter, but keep them shut in summer. I try to let the sun help to heat the house. I also want to get some solar panels to help with the electricity bills. We can't afford to heat our house in the winter time with the all electric central heat.
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    Default Re: cut Down on Energy Costs

    We changed (and are still in the process of changing) our bulbs over to LED's. My fiance also caulked around all of our windows to ensure we weren't air conditioning the outside!! We live in southeast Texas, so the summer's are extremely hot and humid...our a/c runs constantly. :-/ I keep it at 77° during the day and 78° at night and it stays comfortable for the most part. If I've been working in the yard, I may come in and turn it down to 76°, but have not had to go any lower this summer. We also have a lot of windows, so we tinted them with room darkening tint to help and it does!!

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    Great tips!

    Also, be aware of how much heat your cooking appliances emit. Use an outdoor grill or a small toaster oven when cooking in the summer. When you can, save the stove-top and oven heat for when it's needed in the winter. After cooking in the oven on colder days, leave the door open so the residual heat stays in your home.

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