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How to Save Energy

About one-third of all electricity produced at power plants in the U.S. is used in the home. Families who reduce their energy use by avoiding waste and buying energy-efficient appliances can save money and help preserve natural resources used to make electricity.

Here are some easy things you can do on your own to save energy at home:

  1.   Window
    Turn off the lights when they are not being used.
  2. Do not open windows or leave the door open when your heater/furnace is working.
  3. Turn off small home appliances and equipment when not in use, such as computers, radios, TVs, etc.
  4. In winter, open drapes on sunny days to help warm the house.
  5.   Dripping Faucet
    Don't leave the hot water running if you don't need it, as that wastes both water and energy. It takes natural gas or electricity to heat the water.

Here are some energy-saving tips you can tell your parents about:

  1.   Energy Star label
    When shopping for new appliances and electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Visit for recommended model names.
  2. Set your home heating thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day and 55 degrees for the night. Set your home cooling thermostat at 78 degrees or higher when you're home; 85 degrees when you're away.
  3. Use deciduous trees and plants (those that lose their leaves in winter) to shade your home and windows from the sun and reduce energy used by air conditioning.
  4.   Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs
    Use special light bulbs that are energy-efficient. These are called compact fluorescents, or CFLs.
  5. Provide shading for your air conditioner, being careful not to block air to or from the unit. Clean or replace air conditioner filters monthly during operating season.
  6. If the coils on your refrigerator are exposed, keep them clean. Give the unit at least 4" of breathing room from the rear wall, and don't set the temperature too low. Unplug and recycle your second refrigerator.
  7. Install a low-flow showerhead and aerators in the bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce the amount of water used. It takes energy to heat up hot water.
  8. Do only full loads when using the clothes washer. Wash in cold water with cold water detergent, or wash in warm water and rinse in cold.
  9.   Clother Dryer
    Dry only full loads. Clean the dryer lint trap after each use. Or, line dry your clothes.
  10. Wash only full loads in the dishwasher. Use the energy saver, air dry cycle. Or, if allowed, open the door and let dishes dry naturally.
  11. Don't preheat your oven. Cook complete meals of several dishes simultaneously in the oven. Use the microwave when possible.
  12. Close the damper when not using the fireplace. Turn heat down when using the fireplace.



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