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Tips & Tools to Save Energy and Money

Heating & Cooling - 43% of home energy costs

Seal cracks and holes around windows and electrical outlets, in walls and around exterior doorways, which can help reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 10%

programmable thermostat

Install a programmable thermostat, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 30%

System Zoning can save up to 20-30% on heating/cooling costs by controlling individual temperatures for different rooms of your household. That way, you can save energy in rooms that are not frequently used

Insulate attics, ceilings and walls, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 20%

Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses for energy. Research shows that summer daytime air temperatures can be 3° to 6° cooler in tree-shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will help keep your house cool in the summer and allow sun to shine in the windows in the winter

Appliances - 17% of home energy costs

As refrigeration accounts for about half of all energy used by appliances in a home, if you have a second refrigerator or standalone freezer, unplugging will save you a significant amount of electricity and money
    - If you absolutely need to keep operating a second refrigerator or standalone freezer, then locating it in a cool area will help save you a little electricity

If you have a refrigerator that was manufactured in the 1980's, by replacing it with an Energy Star qualified model can save you over $100 per year

If you have a standalone freezer that was manufactured in the 1980's, by replacing it with an Energy Star qualified model can save you over $70 per year

Use a indoor clothes drying rack

outdoor clothlines

Install an outdoor clothes line, which will not only reduce your energy consumption, but will also help your clothes smell more fresh, naturally

Hot Water - 12% of home energy costs

Lowering the temperature set point on your water heater to 120°F, can reduce the energy required to heat your water by up to 5%

Adding an insulating blanket to your water heater tank, can reduce the energy required to heat your water by up to 5%

Adding pipe insulation to your hot water pipes, can reduce the energy required to heat your water by up to 5%

A more expensive option, installing a tankless water heater, can reduce the energy required to heat your water by up to 30%

Solar water heaters can not only reduce the cost of energy required to heat your water by up to 80%, but also cut the amount of carbon dioxide produced due to the significantly reduced amount of utility produced energy required to heat your water

Lighting - 11% of home energy costs

CFL with photocell

Install the appropriate Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) required by each of your light fixtures, thereby maximizing the useful life of the CFL, cutting electricity usage by up to 70% as well as reducing greenhouse gases

More tips to maximize the life of your CFL:
    * Avoid repeatedly turning on and off the CFL light (to less than 5 to 10 times per day on average) as CFL ballasts have a limited on-off lifecycle
    * Do not use regular CFLs in lamps with photocells or dimmer switches
    * Do not use regular CFLs in light fixtures with the ballast up ("upside down" position) or in enclosed fixtures. Specialty or reflector CFLs with ballasts designed to better dissipate heat build-up should be used

Electronics - 9% of home energy costs

SmartStrip Surge Protector

Turn off all “ghost” power by using "smart" surge protectors. Even when you turn the switch off of many electronic devices, they continue to draw a small amount of electricity, which is called phantom or ghost power. Phantom power can account for up to 10% of a household's electricity usage. This can save you up to $30/year

Other Areas like swimming pools - 8% of home energy costs

Use a solar cover for your pool when not in use

Cover hot tubs with an insulated cover when not in use