How to Save Energy, Save the Environment and Save Money

There are many innovative and simple ways to save on energy costs, and thereby using less fossil fuels to help save the environment while saving money at the same time! Here are some great tips:

red-glassSIMPLE things: turn off the light or tv or appliance when not in use, use a strictly timed sprinkler for your garden during evening or early morning hours to prevent evaporation by the sun, use energy-efficient kitchen appliances, handwash your dishes instead of using a dishwasher all the time, recycle your grocery bags as garbage bags.

  • By weather-stripping your doors and windows and adding insulation, you can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills.
  • By having your air conditioning unit serviced, you can reduce your cooling costs by 15% a year.
  • By doing things such as installing a programmable thermostat, sealing heating vents and using energy efficient appliances, you can save up to 50% on your home energy costs.
  • Installing and using a programmable thermostat will pay for itself in a year.
  • By using an energy saving light bulb, you will save around $9 per year in household energy costs.
  • By having your heating and cooling ducts professionally sealed, you can save up to $190 per year.
  • By installing and using a programmable thermostat, you can save up to $160 per year on your household energy bills.
red-glassThe Best Low Cost and No-Cost Efficiency Actions in winter include:
  • Replace furnace filters and get a furnace tune-up.
  • Seal heating ducts, caulk drafty windows and weather-strip doors.
  • Open drapes on sunny days to allow for solar heating.
  • Insulate your hot water heater with a water heater blanket.
  • Turn down your hot water heater if you're away for 3 or more days.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and other fixtures to save hot water.
red-glassThe Best No Cost or Low Cost Tips to Prepare Your Home For Hot Weather
  • Setting your air conditioner 5deg higher will save up to 20% on cooling costs.(Based on PG&E 3-5% per degree)
  • Use fans to make indoor temperatures feel cooler, most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • Have your air conditioning unit serviced to cut 15% of cooling costs. (ENERGY STAR)
  • Don't try to cool the great outdoors. Seal cracks, gaps, leaks and add insulation to save up to 20% on home cooling costs. (ENERGY STAR)
  • Keep windows and doors shut and shades closed during the day, to keep your house cool and reduce air conditioning needs.
  • Replace your old fridge: A typical, new 18.5-cu.-ft. refrigerator with top-mount freezer (without a through-the-door ice dispenser) can use between 30 and 40% less electricity than a 10-year-old unit (using 442 to 491 kilowatt-hours vs. 706 kWh). By replacing your 10-year-old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR model, you can save $30 per year on your electricity bill. You can also conserve enough energy to light the average household for a month and a half and prevent the release of an additional 60 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels to generate electricity.
  • By investing in a new, efficient front- or top-loading washer, homeowners can dramatically save energy, water and money.
  • Consumers can save $25 to $35 a year in energy costs by replacing a 10-year-old dishwasher with an ENERGY STAR qualified model, and save more than 1,000 gallons of water. Because the average dishwasher is designed to last up to 12 years, savings from a new energy-efficient dishwasher can add up when multiplied over the life of the machine.
  • Instead of using your clothes dryer all the time try hanging your clothes on a line on a sunny day to air dry your garments.  But if you are using a  clothes dryer, choose a clothes dryer with the right design features and operate it efficiently. Many new clothes dryers have moisture sensors in the drum for sensing dryness, while most only estimate dryness by sensing the temperature of the exhaust air. With a moisture sensor, your dryer will turn off when the humidity in the drum is removed. Compared with timed drying, you can save about 10% with a temperature sensing control and 15% with a moisture sensing control.
  • You can even get financial incentives and rebates to help pay for new energy -efficient equipment http://www.fypower.org/res/tools/rgl.html
2bearsAs you can see you can save the environment and save money at the same time!

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