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Refrigerator/Freezer

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Purchase an ENERGY STAR® when buying a new refrigerator or freezer.
  • Don’t set the temperature colder than necessary. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36 F and 42 F.  Set the freezer control between -5 F and +6 F.
  • Clean the unit. Clean dust off the coils or filters.
  • Check the rubber seals on the door.

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Water Heater

Water Heater

  • Purchase an energy-efficient model.
  • Set the heater to 120 F.
  • Repair any dripping faucets promptly.
  • Install water saving devices. Use low-flow showerheads and aerators on faucets.

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Oven or Stove

Oven or Stove

  • Reduce the heat. A fast boil doesn’t cook faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.
  • Don’t peek in the oven. Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25 F & requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
  • Use retained heat. Turn off cook tops or ovens a few minutes before food has completed cooking.
  • Put a lid on it. Cook food and boil water in a covered container.

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Dishwasher/Sinks

Dishwasher/Sinks

  • Air drying dishes instead of using the heated dryer setting on your dishwasher can save you 110 kWh and $23 per year.
  • Wash only full load of dishes.
  • Fix a leaky faucet. A leaky faucet that drips just one hot water drop per second can save you 400 kWh and $80 per year.

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Bathroom

Bathroom

  • Shorten your showers by just two minutes. Each shower could save you up to 233 kWh and $56 per year per person in your household. Plus, you’ll save on your water bill too.

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Lighting

Lighting

  • Use compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs or light-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs.
  • Use motion-detecting switches on outdoor lighting.

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Cooling your Home

Cooling your Home

  • Use fans instead of air conditioners. Even if you use your air conditioner, use fans to circulate cold air and save energy and money
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when cooling your home.

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Clothes Washers & Dryers

Clothes Washers & Dryers

  • Wash full load of clothes in cold water if you don't you have a solar water heating system.
  • Hang clothes instead of using the dryer.

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Others

Others

  • Electronic items like computers, printers, DVD players, camera battery chargers, AC adapters and cell phone chargers all use standby power when not in use. By connecting these devices to a power strip to turn these items off, you can save 50 kWh and $10.50 per year.
  • Activate “sleep” features on printers and office equipment.

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