Energy Saving Tips

Here is some great information and several tips that can help you save money by reducing your electric usage this summer:

What uses the most energy in a home?

* Heating and air conditioning – 56%
* Electric water heater – 16%
* Refrigerator – 5%
* Miscellaneous appliances – 23%

Main factors affecting power usage:

* Climate
* Building envelope and systems, e.g., how well insulated a home or building is
* Daily habits and behaviors

No Cost Energy Savings Ideas

* In warm weather, keep drapes and blinds closed during the day to keep out heat
* Make sure the fireplace damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use
* In the summer, set the thermostat to 78-degrees or more; in winter, set it to 68-degress or lower
* Set the water heater’s thermostat to low
* Wash clothes only in cold water
* Use kitchen and bathroom vents only when necessary
* Clean the coils under the refrigerator

Low Cost Energy Savings Ideas

* Install a programmable thermostat
* Change filters on your air conditioner/heater monthly
* Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents and save as much as 75 percent
* Install a water heater blanket
* Seal around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors
* Improve attic insulation to at least R-38 to R-49
* Use motion detectors or timers to cut outdoor lighting times
* Improve/replace weather stripping around doors and windows
* Consider adding solar screens or window tinting

Other Ideas

* Refrigerators and appliances built before 1990 can be big energy users. Consider replacing them with Energy Star rated appliances.
* If your A/C unit is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new Energy Star rated appliance with a SEER rating of 14 or higher. If the unit is installed properly, you could save as much as 20% on your heating and cooling costs.

Source: “Home Energy Savings.” TRICO Electric Cooperative. 30 March 2010.

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