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Energy Saving Tips

There are many ways to battle the ongoing energy crisis, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and help keep our environment clean and healthy. A big part of the solution to our energy concerns start in the home.

All you have to do is take a look around you and start with some of the most basic things that we take for granted every day, such as the heating and cooling of our homes, electricity and water usage, and the appliances that we use for our basic needs.

Statistics show that most families spend over $2,000 a year on utility bills. It is also estimated that a typical family can save anywhere between 20 to 25 percent on yearly bills by purchasing energy efficient appliances and making energy saving repairs to their homes.

You can save money and energy by taking simple steps that don't require much thought or loss of comfort. Making minimal improvement to your home can make a big difference in the amount of energy, and money, you save.

Outdated appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, dish washers, and inefficient heating and cooling systems actually waste a lot more energy than they are worth. In other words, wasted energy amounts to wasted money.

10 Energy Saving Tips:

  • Install programmable thermostats.
  • Make sure doors and windows are closed when cooling or heating your home.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to under 120 degrees.
  • Use low flow showerheads and take short showers.
  • Install low water flushing toilets.
  • Use your dishwasher sparingly and air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher drying cycle. Wash full loads of dishes.
  • When you are not in a room, turn off the lights, TV's, computers, radios, fans, etc.
  • When using your washing machine, wash full loads of clothes and air dry them.
  • Install ceiling fans and use them to stay cool whenever possible.
  • Clean and replace filters on heating and air conditioning units as recommended by manufacturer.

When you buy any type of appliance or make any type of upgrades to your home, always keep in mind that since you are spending the money, you should spend it on energy efficient appliances and upgrades. Energy saving appliances and the right repairs to your home will pay for themselves over time.

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