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Top 10 Tips for Saving Energy Right Now

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Saving energy doesn't always take days of planning. There are many things you can do right now to start saving energy and cutting down on costs.

1. Setting Your Thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat compatible with your heating and cooling system. Make sure to set it comfortably low in the winter and comfortably high in the summer.

2. Lower Your Water Heater Temperature

Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees farenheit.

3. Washing Clothes or Dishes

Follow the full load guideline. Never use the dishwasher or washing machine unless it houses a full load.

4. Using Power Strips

Plug your electronics into power strips. When turning off these electronics, power down using the power strip to prevent stand-by mode from drawing electricity unnecessarily.

5. Power Down Computers and Monitors

Turn off your computer and monitor when they are not being used. Contrary to popular beliefs, turning them on and off will not cause damage. If you are away from your computer at different intervals, make sure you have set the power save options.

6. Drying Dishes

Air dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle.

7. Washing in Cold Water

Wash clothes in cold water. This not only reduces hot water usage, but it is better for your clothing as well.

8. Use Compact Fluorescent Lighting

Use compact fluorescent bulbs to light your home. Not only do these bulbs use less energy, but they last longer than traditional bulbs.

9. Take Showers

Take short showers instead of baths. The amount of water used, and heated is significantly less for a shower.

10. Look for the Energy Star Label

Buy products that have the Energy Star label on them. All Energy Star products meet strict guidelines set by the US Department of Energy.

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