Getting back to Basic Energy saving.

Tips to reduce energy consumption for the following:

Hot Water
Refrigeration Education
Cooking Light
Staying Cool
Home Heating

Staying In Hot Water

Did you know that a hot water faucet leaking one drip per second wastes 200 gallons a year? Repairing leaky faucets will lower energy bills substantially. Here are some other tips to reducing hot water use while saving energy and money:

  • Set water heater no higher than 120º F.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Install water heater insulation blanket.
  • Shut off faucet when shaving, washing and doing dishes.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Do full loads in dishwasher and clothes washer.
  • Use cold water in the garbage disposal.

Refrigeration Education

You know that old freezer “Uncle Harry” gave you to use in the basement so you could save money by storing on-sale food items? Well, it costs more to run that freezer for a year than you’ll ever see in returns on food savings. If you’re looking to save energy, and money, it makes more sense to have only one, well running, efficient refrigerator/freezer. Here are some other energy-saving refrigerator tips:

  • Shut off the automatic icemaker.
  • Clean condenser coils, drains and toe grill twice a year.
  • Leave several inches of space above, behind and next to the refrigerator.
  • Set refrigerator temperature between 37º and 40º F.
  • Never let more than 1/4″ of ice accumulate in your freezer.
  • Make sure door gaskets seal tightly.
  • Keep refrigerator away from heat sources.
  • Cool hot foods for 20 minutes before placing them in refrigerator.
  • Avoid repeated door opening.
  • A full freezer is more efficient – it takes more energy to cool empty space.
  • Don’t buy a refrigerator-freezer that is larger than you really need.

Cooking Light

You’ll lighten the load on your electric bill if you conserve energy while cooking. Here are several quick and easy steps you can take to reduce energy use when cooking:

  • Never use your range or oven to heat the kitchen.
  • Leave oven and burners off when not in use.
  • Cook oven items simultaneously when possible.
  • Leave the oven door closed as much as possible while cooking.
  • Use self-cleaning features after you cook – when oven is already hot.
  • Double your recipe – and freeze half for later.
  • Match pan size to burner.
  • Thaw frozen foods before cooking.
  • Cook with less water – you’ll save energy and keep nutrients in food.
  • Use a tight-fitting lid.
  • Once water boils, lower burner setting.
  • Don’t preheat oven any longer than necessary
  • A microwave uses half the energy of a conventional oven.
  • Set microwave on high whenever possible.
  • When possible, preheat food in microwave – then finish in conventional oven.

Staying Cool

  • Select the correct air conditioner unit for the area size.
  • Buy units with the highest Energy Efficiency Rating (EER)
  • Cover exterior of through-the-wall air conditioners in winter.
  • Close doors and windows when air conditioning is on and make sure they seal tightly.
  • For best efficiency, locate air-conditioner unit on the north or east side of home, or in the shade,
  • Keep air filter and condenser clean for efficiency,
  • Make sure airflow is not restricted both inside and outside of the unit.
  • Set thermostat to the warmest comfortable temperature.
  • Close heat registers and cold air returns.
  • Have unit and system serviced regularly for efficient operation.
  • Close fireplace dampers,
  • Close blinds, drapes and shutters on sunny side of house.
  • Close off unused rooms.
  • Reduce heat load by turning off appliances and lights when not in use.
  • Turn off exhaust/fresh air setting for greatest efficiency.
  • Turn off the air-conditioner and use cool evening outside air to cool the house.
  • Use vent fans over the stove and in the bathrooms to remove excess heat.
  • Turn off unit when room is not being used, or set it to a warmer temperature.

Home Heating

  • Install setback thermostat.
  • Set thermostat to 68ºF during the day and 60ºF at night.
  • Don’t block thermostat or install near a heat source.
  • Lower the thermostat a degree or two when entertaining a large group.
  • Close drapes and shades at night. Open them on the south side during the day.
  • Keep doors and windows sealed tightly.
  • Have heating system inspected and serviced annually.
  • Leave at least 12 inches of clearance around heating ducts, baseboards and radiators.
  • Add a humidifier and lower thermostat to increase comfort and improve efficiency.
  • Close doors to attic, garage and basement.

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