A few easy ways to save energy and money

About once a year our electric company sends out a pamphlet with great tips on how to save a little energy and money each year around the household.  I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but I just haven’t ahd the time….and when I did, I couldn’t find the pamphlet!  Well, I finally found it and here are some of my favorites (meaning they are the easiest to do, haha):

  • Use ceiling fans to cool your house.  The most efficient ones cost as little as 30 CENTS a month to run, 8 hours a day.  Plus, moving air feels cooler, which allows you to raise the thermostat a couple degrees.  Also, open your windows on cooler night.
  • Did you know that heat can ESCAPE out of the windows without curtains/shades?  Open them up when it’s sunny to get passive heat, close them at night or when no sunlight is coming through them.  Up to 15% of your heat can escape out of unprotected windows.
  • Keep the doors inside of your home open to  improve air circulation and the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
  • Provide shade around your air conditioning condenser, it works more efficiently when it’s cooler.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees, overheating it can be wasteful and unsafe.  Also, turn your water heater down when you go out of town.
  • Cover your refrigerated foods, limiting the moisture evaporation into the air, which takes more energy to cool then dry air.  Also make sure your fridge is set between 32-37degrees and the freezer at about 5 degrees.  These are the safest temperatures plus most refrigerators are manufactured to operate most efficiently at these settings.
  • Every time you open the oven door the temperature can drop about 25 degrees, so use the oven light instead.
  • Use lids when cooking on the stove to trap heat in, thus allowing you to turn off the burners a little early as well.  **We actually do this when making hard boiled eggs.  We let it boil for about 3-4 minutes, then turn off the heat to let it finish cooking.**
  • Scrape instead of rinsing your dishes, it saves water and the energy needed to heat the water.
  • Air dry your dishes in the dishwasher.  Avoid using the heat-dry, pre-rinse and rinse-hold features.
  • Wash clothes in the coolest water possible and make the loads are full.

There are quite a few other things you can do around the house, just ask your gas/electric provider for more information.

 

 

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