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Effective Ways to Conserve Energy
Listed below are some of the quickest and most effective ways to help you conserve energy, trim costs, and gain control over the energy usage in your home. You should post these tips in your home so that everyone can join in and save!
1- Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you're away.
2- Heat your home at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at night or when you're away from home.
3- Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $7 a month.
4- Clean or replace the A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling costs.
5- Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
6- Use your dishwasher to conserve energy. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes to save up to $70 a year.
7- Limit the time you run your pool pump: Summer - six hours a day Winter - four hours a day.
8- Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
9- Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster.
10- Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.
To decide which model is best for you, think about your schedule and how often you are away from home for regular periods of time—work, school, other activities - and then decide which of the three different models best fits your schedule:
7-day models are best if your daily schedule tends to change; for example, if children are at home earlier on some days. These models give you the most flexibility and let you set different programs for different days—usually with four possible temperature periods per day.
5+2 day models use the same schedule every weekday, and another for weekends.
5-1-1 models are best if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday and another schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.
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