Monday, August 25, 2008

Save Electricity and Money

Here are some tips for saving electricity:
  • Unplug appliances and devices when not in use.
  • Turn off any lights and or plug-in devices when not in use such as toasters, microwaves, blenders, televisions, coffee makers, stereo systems, and computers.
  • Use candles instead of lights when possible, but be certain to monitor their use closely to prevent the risk of fire.
  • Choose a few nights a week to hand-wash dishes. Use cold water whenever possible.
  • Use cold water in your washing for clothes.
  • Hang your clothes out to dry in your bathroom, on chairs in your living room or dining room, or outside on a clothes line.
  • Tighten your house's thermal envelope by improving on various areas in your house that separate the home from the outside such as walls, windows, weatherstripping, roof, doors, areas where you have caulking.
  • Close curtains and shades in parts of the house that receive the most sunlight during warmer weather months: north, morning and south, evening.
  • Move furniture away from air registers to allow air flow efficiency.
  • Change the filter regularly in your air conditioner system or air system.
  • When appropriate, Replace older, less efficient appliances and devices with higher-level, energy efficient ones.
  • Turn your heat down a couple of degrees in the winter and bundle up. Turn your air conditioner up as well during summer, and turn on fans and open the windows. Consider installing ceiling fans in your house to help move air through and save money.

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