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Tips To Help You Save Energy & Money

You can save energy and money - all year!

You can save energy and money - all year!

Just by following some of these simple tips and rules of thumb, anyone can save energy and money -- year round!



Home Energy Saving Tips

  • Nothing is more energy-efficient than cooking with your microwave
  • Do laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting to wash clothes and always use cold water to rinse clothes (save 4%)
  • Line dry clothes whenever you can (save up to 5%)
  • When using the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting and clean the lint trap after each use (save 0.5%)
  • Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand – you conserve energy running your dishwasher only when fully loaded and turning off the dry cycle to air-dry dishes instead (save 1%)
  • Make sure that cooled air coming from air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture or draperies
  • Don't place lamps or TV sets near your thermostat – the thermostat senses heat from these appliances causing A/C units to run longer than necessary

Home Improvements That Go A Long Way

  • Install new storm windows and doors; there are many easy "do-it-yourself" options
  • Replace old air conditioning units with newer, more energy-efficient units – newer equipment can save you up to 40% on your energy bills
  • Seal leaks in attic ductwork so that cool air doesn't slip outside
  • Turn lights off when leaving the room
  • Use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) rather than incandescent light bulbs in common areas
  • Set refrigerator temperature to 37-40 degrees
  • Install low cost fire place modifications (such as a flue-top damper, fireplace grate or glass doors)
  • Upgrade your equipment to systems that are EnergyStar® rated, e.g. Burnham Boilers

Water Saving Tips

  • Repair leaky faucets promptly
  • Install aerating, low faucets and showerheads
  • Take more showers than baths
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes

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