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The average household spends $1,500 annually on energy bills. Energy-efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can provide long-term financial rewards. Begin saving energy and money this summer by using the following tips.

No-Cost Energy Saving Actions

  • Turn up the thermostat in the summer. Set your thermostat to 78° F when you are home and 85° F or off when you are away. Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement cools the room. Always take into account health issues and be sure to drink plenty of fluids in warm weather.
  • Reduce lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights, switch to efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, or take advantage of natural sunlight to brighten your home.
  • Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.
  • Line dry clothes whenever you can.
  • When you need to use the clothes dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting and clean the lint trap after each use.
  • Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded. Also, turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes.
  • Reduce the operating time of your pool filter and automatic pool cleaning sweep to four to five hours, and use only during off-peak hours.
  • Ventilate wisely. Turn kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans off as soon as they have done their job.

Resources

Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Energy & Money at Home

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ENERGY STAR: Heat and Cool Efficiently

 

 Typical Home Energy Use

 Percent

Heating & Cooling

 46%

Water Heating

 14%

Appliances (W/D, Fridge, Stove, Dishwasher, etc.)

 13%

Lighting

 12%

Electronics (Computers, TVs, DVD players, etc.)

 4%

Other (External Power Adapters, Dehumidifiers, etc.)

 11%

 

Source: ENERGY STAR