7 Simple Ways To Save Energy

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We all want to save money on heating costs, so here are a few really easy no-cost, or low-cost, things you can do to save energy in your home this fall and winter. Plus you’ll reduce pollution and your carbon emissions!

1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Also, plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use because even in standby mode, they still use several watts of power.

2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs that are packaged in cardboard (which can be recycled), not plastic bubble. (Tomorrow’s post will talk about the different types of bulbs)

3. Open your blinds/curtains during the day to let the sun help heat your home and close them at dusk to keep the heat inside.

4. If you have single paned windows, close your storm windows to help stop drafts. Don’t forget to take out window air conditioner units since they let a lot of heat escape your home.

5. Lower your thermostat just a couple of degrees while you’re at home. Then lower it to about 62 degrees F. before leaving home. Programmable thermostats can remember to do the job for you.

6. Turn off the unnecessary ‘heated dry’ cycle on your dishwasher.

7. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees F.

Tag(s): Energy, Going Green, Greenhouse Gas Emissions / Global Warming, Money Saving

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