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Top 10 Energy Saving Tips
1. Switch off the lights
The type of lights and the price of electricity determine whether it's best to turn lights off when you leave a room.
Incandescent lights should be turned off whenever they are not needed, because they are the least efficient type of lighting.
While halogens are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, they use the same technology and are far less efficient than CFLs and LEDs. Therefore, it is best to turn these lights off whenever they are not needed.
Since they are already very efficient, the cost effectiveness of turning CFLs off to conserve energy is a bit more complicated. A general rule-of-thumb is this:
If you will be out of a room for 15 minutes or less, leave it on.
If you will be out of a room for more than 15 minutes, turn it off.
2. Open the curtains
Open curtains during the day to let sunlight in to your home.
In cool weather close doors, windows and curtains when trying to keep heat in.
3. Use Motion Sensors
Consider using sensors, timers, and other automatic lighting controls.
Add motion sensors to your outdoor lighting fixtures. They turn off lights when nobody's there. These devices are great for the seldom-used areas of your home, like the basement, guest room and garages.
4. Install Dimmer Switches
Not yet ready to get rid of incandescent bulbs? Then consider that simply dimming a light by 10 percent this will more than double the bulb's life.
5. Install an Energy Star-Rated Ceiling Fan
In cooler months, run the fan in a clockwise direction to push warm air down from the ceiling, reducing HVAC load by as much as 10 percent. And in the summer, reverse the motion to circulate cool air — and make the temperature feel up to eight degrees cooler!
6. Dodge the Draft
Install permanent weather stripping around your windows and doors to seal in heat and keep out chilly gusts. This will save you up to 15 percent in heating and cooling costs.
7. Install Insulating Window Treatments
Cellular and honeycomb shades will help you reduce both heat loss (up to 86 percent) and gain (up to 80 percent) in one fell swoop.
8. Set a Programmable Thermostat
This handy item, it can help you save lots a year by turning down the heat at certain times of day or night in winter. For every degree you lower your thermostat for an eight-hour period, you cut energy use by about 1 percent. So, if you set it back 10 degrees overnight, you can save 10 percent.
9. Turn off the computer screen
If it won’t be in use for more than 10 minutes, turn it off.
10. Switch off Audio-Visual Equipment
Leaving TV’s, VCR’s, DVD’s, and stereos on stand-by mode can generate up to 150 kilograms of greenhouse gas per year. Unplugging electronics when not in use, will stop "phantom" energy draw.
Home Energy Checkup
A home energy checkup helps owners determine where their house is losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make the home more energy efficient. Ask Edgecliff Electric Company to advise on improving your household energy efficiency.
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