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Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption

Did you know that there are many quick and easy ways that you can reduce the amount of energy you use in your home in order to live a little “greener”? And that many of these quick little fixes will also save you money?

While the use of electricity isn’t harmful to the environment in and of itself, the way that energy is generated by using fossil fuels such as coal is not environmentally friendly so anything you can do to lessen the amount of electricity you use in turn helps the earth as a whole!

10 ways to reduce energy consumption

  • Not using it? Unplug it! Electronics with LED’s use energy. If you see a little blue, red, green, yellow or any color light when you device is “off”, it is still using energy. Turn it off!
  • Programmable thermostats save money!!! They are easy to install and you can just set it and forget it.
  • Set your water heater to 120 or below. Another good idea is to get an insulated sleeve for it to help it retain its heat.
  • Use Energy Star appliances, if you can afford to purchase new ones. There is a significant energy drain when using older appliances – sometimes they can use up to 20% more energy than new appliances!
  • Keep your refrigerator at the correct temperatures. Keeping it too cold uses more energy. Check your appliances manual for the optimal settings.
  • Clean the link basket/filter on your dryer after every load. A clogged lint filter will slow down the drying process and you may need to run clothes through 2 cycles just to get them dry.
  • Switch to energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Make sure to turn off lights in rooms you’re not in.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
  • Plant a tree! No kidding. A tree planted in the proper place will shade your home and you won’t need to run the air conditioner as much.

Of course, there are many, many more ways to reduce your energy consumption and we will be adding to this list in later posts. But as you can see, these are simple and effective ways to get started. Even a couple of these changes will save you money and help reduce global warming.

John
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