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Home Energy Tips   Work From Home Tips   Condo & Apartment Tips

Refrigerator/Freezer

  • Downsize where you can and get rid of old units, they cost 2x as much in energy compared to new ENERGY STAR® models.
  • Keep the refrigerator temperature between 36 F and 42 F. Set the freezer control between -5 F and +6 F, that's all you need.
  • Dust off the coils or filters.
  • Check the rubber seals on the door and make sure the cold are is not sneaking out.

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Water Heater

  • Keep the heater set to 120 F.
  • Repair any dripping faucets promptly.
  • Install water saving devices. Use low-flow showerheads and aerators on faucets.
  • Use a timer to shut it off during long periods when you don’t need it like when you’re sleeping.
  • When you’re ready to replace, look at efficient types, like solar thermal or heat pump water heaters. They can reduce your electricity bill by up to 40%.

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Oven or Stove

  • Use microwaves to use up to 2/3 less energy and heat than conventional ovens.
  • Make meals on the grill, with a pressure cooker, or even toaster! Anything that is not the stove or oven will help significantly.
  • 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.

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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Dishwasher/Sinks

  • Wash only full loads of dishes.
  • 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 loads of dishes.
  • Fix a leaky faucet. You can save $9 a year on a leaky faucet that drips one hot water drop per second.

Lighting

  • Replace any bulbs with LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes). Even if your current incandescent bulb is still good, a new LED will be worth it as it cuts the energy by 90%!
  • Use motion-detecting switches on outdoor lighting.

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Cooling your Home

  • Use fans and breeze where possible instead of ACs. When you must use your AC, close windows and doors to keep cold air inside.
  • Block up to 25% of the sun’s heat by closing curtains and drapes during the day.
  • Cooking outdoors can reduce heat in your home saving you on cooling. Your AC won’t have to work so hard.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when cooling your home.
  • Use your AC's energy saving mode so it shuts off automatically when your home temperature has cooled sufficiently.
  • Save as much as 10% a year on cooling cost by simply turning your AC thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
  • Get rid of old, energy draining window AC units and upgrade to an ENERGY STAR® model if purchasing a new model.
  • Clean or replace AC filters to increase efficiency by up to 15%.

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Clothes Washers & Dryers

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water.
  • Hang clothes instead of using the dryer.
  • If you have to choose, front loading washers are at least 25% more energy and water efficient than top loading washers. Choose ENERGY STAR model to save even more - they use up to 45% less energy!

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Other ways to save

  • 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.
  • Use your TV remote automatic controls for brightness to reduce energy use by up to 30%.
  • Make the switch to ENERGY STAR® certified products to save energy, save money and protect the climate.
  • Use an advanced power strip to eliminate phantom power drain.

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