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Energy Saving Tips
As summer approaches, energy costs are threatening to rise higher than ever. With that in mind, why not take the time to home a bit more energy efficient. It's better for your pocketbook and for the environment!
- Don't waste money on an old, inefficient refrigerator. If your refrigerator is ten years old or older, you may be able to save a significant amount of money by purchasing a new model that is more energy efficient. Look for the EnergyStar logo to denote an exceptionally energy efficient appliance.
- Don't fill your refrigerator too full. If your refrigerator is so full of food that airflow is restricted, it will not cool as well as it could, causing the compressor to work longer and harder.
- Let hot food cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Let the heat from hot food dissipate outside the refrigerator and you will save the energy that the refrigerator would have to expend to bring the temperature of the hot food down.
- Replace an old, inefficient microwave. New microwaves are more energy efficient, and they often offer better performance and more advanced features than old models.
- Cook in your microwave rather than your oven or stove. A microwave is as much as 50% more energy efficient than a standard oven - and it releases much less ambient heat into your home.
- Set your air conditioner to 77°F. 77°F generally provides the best comfort with the least amount of energy expended.
- Replace an old air conditioner. Look for a new air conditioner with the highest EER rating possible. The higher the EER, the more energy efficient the air conditioner.
- Replace air conditioner filters and clean the air conditioner at least once a season. Dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner.
- Cool only the areas that need cooling. Instead of running central air to cool an entire house, consider using a portable air conditioner to spot-cool only the areas of your house that you will be using.
- Grill outdoors when possible. Cooking indoors adds much heat to the indoor environment.
- Switch to water-saving shower and faucet heads. Not only will you save water, but you will save energy as well, by using less hot water.
- Fix or replace dripping taps. A dripping tap can waste 9000 liters of water per year!
- Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs where possible. Not only do these light bulbs use less energy and last longer than normal bulbs, but they produce less heat as well!
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