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Resolve to Be More Energy Efficient in 2013

Resolve to Be More Energy Efficient in 2013

We are reasonably confident the Mayans got it wrong, and the world will not be ending this week.  Given that, you’re going to have to come up with those New Year’s resolutions.  In addition to the standards like exercising more and eating healthier, resolve to save energy.  Here are just a few tips.  You don’t have to do all of them.   Even just doing one will help.
1. Get an energy audit from your utility company to identify ways to reduce energy consumption and cost.  They are free or low-cost.
2. Check for energy upgrade incentives on everything from lights to heating and cooling systems (we offer credits on heating and cooling systems).
3. Change to CFL bulbs.  CFL (spiral) bulbs may be a little more expensive, but they save 75% more energy than traditional bulbs, and can save $30 off your electric bills over the course of the bulb’s lifetime.
4. Change your one-inch air filters monthly, and media air filters twice a year.  Dirty filters restrict airflow and make your heating and air systems work harder.  The cost of a new filter is nothing compared to the amount of energy it will save.
5. Eliminate energy vampires.   Electronics consume electricity even when they are off.  Unplugging the TV may not be practical, but what about your computer and your phone charger?
6. Install a programmable thermostat.  You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 10 degrees for eight hours a day.  The easiest way to do that is with a programmable thermostat.
7. Fill up the washer.  You can cut down on energy costs if you commit to only using your dishwasher and clothes washer when you have full loads.
8. Remove lint from the dryer.  This is an easy one.  Removing lint not only saves energy and increases drying efficiency, but drier lint is the number one source of fires in the home.  So keeping your dryer lint free is also an important fire prevention step.
9. Watch how you heat.  A toaster oven or microwave can use as much as 80% less energy than a conventional oven.  So consider those when heating smaller portions.
10. Plug up the leaks.  This is not really energy, but leaky faucets, showerheads, toilets, etc. can really increase your water bills.  If you have leaks, fix them.

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