Energy Saving Tips

The amount of energy consumed is a personal choice. However, it is getting to be an expensive choice to exercise. We are now faced with the need to become more conservative and efficient with energy in most phases of our lives. Below are some tips which can help you... with nature to save you money.

Set your thermostat to 78°F for cooling -

          The lower you go, the quicker the energy costs camp up.

Install a programmable thermostat -

          Automatically changes cooling settings around your daily life.

Turn off the lights -

          Light bulbs can convert up to 95% of the energy used into heat.

Keep shades closed when the air conditioner is on -

          Sunny windows account for 40% of unwanted heat and can make your air conditioner work two to three times harder.

          Thermal shades provide an excellent heat transfer barrier for the worst energy drain in your house.

Check and clean filters -

          Cleaning and/or replacing A/C filters monthly allows the system to run more efficiently.

Use fans instead of A/C -

          Moving air over the body provides a cooling effect. Fans use minimal amounts of energy.

Unplug equipment not in use -

          Electric chargers, televisions, audio/video equipment, computers and other equipment use electricity and produce heat even

          when they are not in use.

Use high quality surge protecting power strips -

          Use where electronics are grouped for ease of shutting off equipment when not in use. Inexpensive options may not protect

          your electronics when lightning strikes.

Activate your computer's sleep mode when you leave your desk -

          Reduces electricity consumption to less than 5% of full power operations.

Install low-flow showerheads and faucets -

          Reduces water and energy usage.

Use cold water to wash clothes -

          Saves on water heating costs.

Only wash full loads of dishes or clothes -

          Reducing number of cycles on any machine will help it last longer and use less energy/

Use clothes lines -

          Dryers can account for 10% of the energy usage of a house. Chemical free, clean smelling clothes are better for you and

          the environment.