Try these simple tips to help keep down energy costs

favicon-16x16Run the dishwasher only when full.

favicon-16x16 Wash full loads of laundry using cold water. Today’s modern detergents work great in cold water and about 90 percent of the energy used by clothes washers goes to water heating.
favicon-16x16 When possible, delay tasks that produce heat such as dishwashing, laundering and cooking until cooler times of the day or night.

favicon-16x16 Set your air conditioning thermostat to 75-78ºF (health permitting) when you’re at home and to 85ºF when you’re away.

favicon-16x16 Use a ceiling fan while you’re home and running the air conditioner. This will allow you to raise your thermostat setting about four degrees Fahrenheit.

favicon-16x16 Check the filter on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.

favicon-16x16 If possible, enjoy an afternoon out—at the pool, movies, park or local library.

favicon-16x16 Use exterior shading devices or plants to shade your home and windows from the sun.

favicon-16x16 Fill up the fridge. Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. Then it doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.

favicon-16x16 Turn off lights when not needed.

favicon-16x16 Make sure that connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet floors, walls and ceilings. These are common locations to find leaks and disconnected ductwork.

favicon-16x16 Use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after showering or bathing. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside and not just to the attic.

favicon-16x16 Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren’t in use. Most new electronics use electricity even when switched off.

favicon-16x16 Turn computers and printers off at the power strip.

favicon-16x16 Give your refrigerator breathing room. Also, clean the coils and don’t set the temperature too low. The refrigerator should be kept between 38-42 ºF, and the freezer between 0-5 ºF.

favicon-16x16 Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after every load. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting.

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