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HELP ME SAVE.

 

These smart tips could help you lower your energy usage—Which is good for your wallet and great for the world.

 
 
 
 
 

saving energy is as easy as thinking
about your energy use.

Do you know what uses the most electricity in your home? How about the most water? Saving energy is easy once you know where to start. It is as easy as a few simple changes in behavior and some inexpensive upgrades to your home. See how to cut down on your energy use and start saving today.

 
 
 
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Heating AND Cooling

 
 

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system—typically making up about 48% of your utility bill.

 
  1. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10° from its normal setting when away from home.
     
  2. Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, as well as when you’re sleeping or away from home. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall bill will be.
     
  3. Utilizing the Emergency Heat or E-Heat setting on your thermostat is less energy efficient. Avoid utilizing this setting unless necessary.
     
  4. In the summer, avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It won’t cool your home any faster but could result in excessive cooling and therefore, unnecessary expense.
 
 
 
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WINDOWS

 
 

Windows can account for 10-25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. During the summer, your air conditioner must work harder to cool hot air from sunny windows.

 
  1. Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses and save on energy use required to maintain a higher temperature.
     
  2. Running toilets and leaky faucets waste gallons of water in a short period of time and can contribute to higher energy costs. Call your leasing office and submit a maintenance request if you have either of these issues.
     
  3. Every faucets is equipped with a screw-on tip called an aerator. Aerators are inexpensive and can be one of the most cost-effective water saving measures. For the most savings, purchase one with a flow rate of no more than 1.0 gpm.* 
     
  4. If the faucet has a single lever, set it to the “cold” position when using small amounts of water; placing it in the “hot” position draws hot water even though it may never reach the faucet.
     
  5. If your shower head is older, it could have a high flow rate, which wastes water. Installing a new low-flow shower head is quick, easy and could cut your water use by as much as 60%.*

*If you rent or lease your home, please check with your property management before implementing these tips.

 
 
 
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LIGHTING

 
 

AN AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD DEDICATES ABOUT 5% OF ITS ENERGY BUDGET TO LIGHTING. SWITCHING TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING IS ONE OF THE FASTEST WAYS TO CUT YOUR ENERGY BILLS.

 
  1. Replacing 15 inefficient incandescent bulbs in your home with energy saving bulbs could save you about $50.00 per year. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescent, company fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, they use less electricity and can save you money over their lifetime.
     
  2. Replace old incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified bulbs for the best quality in savings. Visit EnergyStar.gov to find the right light bulbs for your fixtures.
     
  3. Timers and motion sensors save money by reducing the amount of time lights are on but not being used. Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use controls like sensors, dimmers or timers to reduce lighting use.
 
 
 
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WATER

 
 

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home; Faucets and shower heads can use a lot of water. Here are some easy ways to adjust your use and cut costs.

 
  1. Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses and save on energy use required to maintain a higher temperature.
     
  2. Repair running toilets and leaky faucets promptly; both waste gallons of water in a short period of time and can contribute to higher energy costs.
     
  3. Every faucet is equipped with a screw-on tip called an aerator. Aerators are inexpensive and can be one of the most cost-effective water saving measures. For the most savings, purchase one with a flow rate of no more than 1.0 gpm.*
     
  4. If the faucet has a single lever, set it to the “cold” position when using small amounts of water; placing it in the “hot” position draws hot water even though it may never reach the faucet.
     
  5. If your shower head is older, it could have a high flow rate, which wastes water. Installing a new low-flow shower head is quick, easy and could cut your water use by as much as 60%.*


*If you rent or lease your home, please check with your property management before implementing these tips.

 
 
 
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APPLIANCES

 
 

Appliances account for about 13% of your household’s energy costs; refrigeration, cooking and laundry top the list.
 

 

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

  1. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean. They will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.

  2. Use a covered kettle or pan, or an electric kettle to boil water; these methods are faster and use less electricity.
     
  3. Ensure the size of the pan is matched to the heating element.
     
  4. Don’t set your refrigerator or freezer too cold. The FDA recommends setting your refrigerator at or below 40° F and your freezer at 0° F.
     
  5. Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

DISHWASHER

  1. Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for water heating. Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
     
  2. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned or dried on food.
     
  3. Be sure your dishwasher is full but not overloaded before running it.
     
  4. Avoid using the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3-7 gallons of hot water each use.
     
  5. Let your dishes air dry. If you don’t have an automatic air dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster.

LAUNDRY

  1. Wash your clothes in cold water using a cold water detergent whenever possible. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
     
  2. Wash and dry full loads of laundry. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water level setting.
     
  3. Dry towels and heavier cottons in separate loads from lighter weight clothes.
     
  4. Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation and prevent fire hazards.
 
 
 

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