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Simple Tips to Conserve Energy and Save on Electricity Costs

January 24, 2010
by admin

We have the power to reduce the amount of energy we use without completely changing our lifestyle. Simple changes around your home to conserve energy will increase savings and help the environment.

Tips to Conserve Energy –

  1. Your water heater does not need to be on the highest temperature in order to get hot water. Keep your heater settings conservative.
  2. Ensure your AC and heater get an annual check up. Change filters regularly.
  3. Purchase Energy Star Appliances as they help conserve energy.
  4. The attic is a source of cold temperature during the winter months and hot temperature during summer. You can save on heating or air-conditioning costs by properly insulating the attic.
  5. Reduce hot air accumulating in the home during summer by installing exhaust or attic fans.
  6. Set your thermostat to comfortable levels during winter or summer. Avoid setting it to extremes during these seasons. Using a programmable unit like the Nest can help you save on energy costs as well.
  7. Avoid making abrupt and extreme changes to thermostat settings. This will only waste energy.
  8. Use energy-efficient CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Bulbs instead of standard light bulbs. CFL bulbs last longer and use less energy.
  9. The location of your air conditioner is important. If placed directly under the sun’s path, the unit will have the tendency to be overworked and would consume more energy.
  10. If your roof needs to be replaced, replace it with a more energy-efficient/sun-reflecting material.
  11. Cover your windows with drapes, this will help prevent letting cold or hot air in depending on the season.
  12. Front loading washing machines consume less energy and water than standard top-loading units. Consider investing in one.
  13. Run your dryer with a full load. If possible, dry your clothes outside.
  14. Turning off the lights when leaving a room will help conserve energy in the long run.
  15. Participate in the energy audit/savings programs offered by your electricity company.
  16. Don’t leave cell phones and or laptops on charge unnecessarily.

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