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      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

      energy-saving equipment.

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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

      “sleep” mode.

      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

      countertops.

      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

      bill.

      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.

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