Energy / Money Saving Tips
HOME saving TIPS
1) Keep air conditioner filters clean. Air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced once a month during use.2) Maintain unobstructed airflow around vents and filters.3) Maintain 78ºF (26ºC). For every degree you lower the temperature, the energy costs rise by 6 percent. A temperature setting of 75ºF (24ºC) costs 18 percent more; a 72ºF (22ºC) setting costs 36 percent more.4) Use a programmable thermostat. No need to run the air conditioner when no one is home. Set timers to have the air conditioning come on 30 minutes before anyone arrives home.5) Keep doors closed. Enter and exit your home quickly to keep cooled air in the house.6) Install a ceiling fan in rooms that are used often. Occupants feel as cool under a ceiling fan at 82ºF (28ºC) as in 77ºF (25ºC) still air.7) Insulation is important. Make sure your home has the appropriate amount of insulation in walls, attics and crawl spaces.8) Open windows at night. To take advantage of naturally cool night air when possible.9) Plant deciduous shade trees. Shade trees absorb radiant heat before it warms your house, and planting trees helps clean the air, too.
1) Pay attention to the thermostat. A few degrees can make a difference in your heating bill. Set the thermostat between 65º and 68ºF (18º to 20ºC).2) Add extra insulation. In areas that areaccessible, such as attics and crawl spaces, add an extra layer of insulation. Consult an expert or utility representative to determine the appropriate amount to add.3) Keep heating vents unobstructed. Check ducts which sometimes become blocked by furniture or other items.4) Clean filters monthly. Forced air furnaces filters trap dirt and dust that should be cleaned or replaced regularly.5) Close chimney dampers. An open chimney might act as a suction pipe, pulling warm air out of the house. Close the damper as soon as the fire is completely out.6) Use sweaters and blankets. Encourage family members to dress warmly.7) Circulate heated air. Since warm air rises to the highest areas, a ceiling fan at a low speed helps distribute warm air in the house.8) Keep drapes and blinds closed. Drapes add an extra layer of insulation. If you don't need the outside light, leave them closed. Turn blind louvers down toward the ground outside to divert rising heat back into the room.9) Check heat ducts for leaks. Where accessible, feel ducts for cracks or leaks and seal leaks with foil-backed tape. Ducts in unheated areas should also be insulated where possible.
Water, Window & Door Tips
1) Add energy-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. These can reduce the amount of water released from a tap by up to 50 percent, which means less hot water needs to be heated.2) Heat water to the right temperature. The recommended temperature is 120ºF (49ºC).3) Repair leaks at once. A dripping faucet can waste 6-10 gallons (23-38 liters) of water a day. Replace worn-out washers.4) Insulate hot and cold water pipes. If pipes are exposed beneath your home, insulate them with special pipe-insulating foam, or tape a standard insulation blanket around them. Keep cold pipes from freezing and hot pipes hot.5) Turn your water heater off when you're on vacation. If you plan to be away for more than five days, turn your water heater off. Post a reminder to turn iton when returning.6) Use drapes to insulate. Keep drapes closed to keep warm air in. Open drapes to allow the sun's rays to help warm rooms.7) Take a shower instead of a bath. The average bath uses twice as much hot water as a 5-minute shower.8)Turn faucets off when not using the water. Running water non-stop during shaving or brushing teeth is wasteful. Turn on the faucet when necessary and save thousands of gallons of water a year plus energy needed to heat it.9) Apply weather stripping to stop drafts around doors and windows. Beneath doors, install common draft guards available at most hardware stores. Add weather stripping to window and doorframes.10) Caulk smaller gaps. Many homes have cracks and leaks that are equal to a 2' x 2' open window.11) Double insulate windows. Storm windows are an effective energy saver for leaky windows. An economical alternative is plastic sheeting.
Refrigerator and Freezer
1) Maintain the right temperature in your refrigerator and freezer. Refrigerators can use up to 20 percent of the total electricity in your home. The refrigerator should be set between 38ºF (3ºC) and 42ºF (6ºC). The freezer should be set between 0ºF (-31ºC) and 5ºF (-26ºC).2) Keep them full. A full refrigerator takes less energy than an empty one. Fill extra space with gallon jugs of water placed in the back of both the freezer and refrigerator.3) Clean the condenser coils. Dust and pet hair can build up and cause the refrigerator motor to work harder. Clean them at least twice a year. The coils are located on the bottom or the back side of most models.4) The doors should close tightly and stay closed. Check the seals for cracks or worn areas. If there are any, replace them.5) Open the refrigerator door as little as possible. Every time the door opens, warm air rushes in.6) Let food cool. Don't place hot or even warm food directly inside the refrigerator. Let it cool first.7) Always cover everything. Humidity escapes from uncovered foods. The compressor must work harder to remove the excess humidity.8) Defrost food in the refrigerator. Instead of defrosting food on the counter where it may spoil, place it in the refrigerator 24 hours before you need it. This will help keep the temperature down in the refrigerator while it thaws.9) Replace appliances with energy-efficient models. When old models wear out, replace them with appliances that have earned the Energy Star label.10) Use microwaves for most cooking. A microwave does small and medium cooking jobs more efficiently than an oven or range top.11) Choose the right pan for the job. When using the range top, remember to match the pan with the similar sized heating element.12) Use all appliances wisely. TVs, radios, computers and vacuum cleaners use relatively small amounts of electricity. But they add up. Don't leave on appliances when they are not in use.13) Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.14) Wash clothes in cold water. Use cold temperature detergents, and always have a full load. Also, 15 minutes of presoaking and 5 minutes of agitation get clothes cleaner than 15 minutes of agitation.15) Don't over-dry clothes in the dryer. Consider using drying clothes racks in the house or resurrect grandmother's clothesline outside during nice weather.
1) Switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps. They use about 25 percent as much energy and can last ten times longer, saving energy and replacement labor. Add occupancy sensors in rooms that are not occupied constantly, such as conference rooms, lunchrooms and restooms.2) Remove excess lights. Many buildings have more lighting then needed. In some areas, half the light may be sufficient. When removing excess fluorescent tubes, remember to disconnect the ballasts that serve them.3) Install separate switches for smaller areas. Some businesses have dozens of lights controlled by a single switch, and not all are needed at the same time. Have an electrician rewire lights into smaller groups on independent switches.4) Keep the heating and cooling to a minimum. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the total energy use in office buildings. Request the heat set at 65ºF (18ºC) and the air conditioning at 76ºF (24ºC), and use a programmable thermostat to set back the temperature at night, on weekends and holidays.5) Shut computers off at night. A computer or printer can use over 100 watts of power. When replacing computers, purchase new energy-efficient models that use less energy.6) Fax and copy only when really necessary.7) Keep heating vents unobstructed.8) Open freight doors only when needed. As soon as a delivery is complete, close the doors to conserve energy.9) Use rotating doors. When a choice is available, use rotating doors instead of standard hinged or sliding doors. They allow less heat and air conditioning to escape.10) Turn off elevators. On the weekend, in the evening or during holidays a minimum number of elevators likely will be adequate. Turn off extra elevators for annual savings.11) Replace burned-out motors with energy-efficient models. Retrofit building pump and fan motors with variable frequency drives when possible.
Average Usage weight
Home Heating 4 tons
Home Electricity 8 tons
Hybrid Car 3 tons
Medium Car 6 tons
Truck/SUV 8 tons
Home Heating/Electricity 12 tons
Residential Energy CreditsUp to $1,500
Did you make improvements to your home last year that make it more energy efficient? If so, you may be able to claim a nonbusiness energy property credit of 30% of the cost of certain energy-efficient property or improvements you placed in service in 2011. This property can include high-efficiency heat pumps, air conditioners, and water heaters. It also may include energy-efficient windows, doors, insulation materials, and certain roofs. The credit has been expanded to include certain asphalt roofs and stoves that burn biomass fuel.
Read more on the TAX-CREDIT Page under : DEPT of Energy web-site section @ the bottom of the page.
Conserving energy reduces CO2 emissions, helps reduce our reliance on foreign oil — and saves you money.
Consuming LESS of This >>>>>>>>>>>> Helps This !
More Tips For Saving energy at home:
Saving energy at home:
Clean furnace, air conditioner and heat pump filters.
Schedule an energy audit for your home by calling your electric company.
Use energy saving settings on appliances.
Clean dryer lint filter after each load.
Keep drapes and shades closed at night inwinter and during the day in summer.
Clean refrigerator coil.
Do laundry and other energy intensive chores during off-peak hours (at night and on weekends).
Put an insulating blanket on your hot water heater.
Purchase clean energy where available (where not available, call your utility company and demand it).
Install window film to reduce heat loss/ gain.
Caulk or weather-strip doors and windows.
Seal heating ducts.
Bigger projects & Some Worth Repeating
Install a programmable thermostat. The same results can be achieved by adjusting the thermostat by hand, but the programmable thermostat can adjust temperature automatically based on the hours that you are typically home or away.
Replace aging (10 or more years old) and inefficient appliances with high-efficiency "Energy Star" labeled models. For a dishwasher this can save 154 kWh/year, for a refrigerator, the savings can be 353 kWh/year, and for a washing machine, the savings can be up to 538 kWh/year.
Upgrade leaky windows.
Improve your entire home's insulation.
Replace furnace with more efficient model.
Purchase solar panels and solar water heating system.
Use passive solar design in building a new home.
Purchase micro wind turbines.
Note: Most states have tax credits and other financial incentives for many of these energy saving investments.
An Associated Press poll found that 56 percent of Americans said the best way for the federal government to handle the nation's energy needs was by encouraging greater conservation by industries, other businesses and individual Americans. Just 35 percent said it was preferable to encourage more oil and gas drilling, coal mining and construction of nuclear power plants.
We have to all work together to conserve and reduce our " CARBON " foot -print on Mother Earth. The energy we save today- May be needed for our Children's use in the future.
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