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Home Energy Conservation Tips

Home energy conservation tips can help towards having a more energy efficient home.  An energy efficient home is something we should all strive for.  Not only can small steps be taken to lighten the “footprints” we leave behind for future generations, but these same steps can really save a bunch of money on your utility bills. Something as simple as changing a lightbulb can make a dramatic difference in the energy efficiency and COST SAVINGS within your home!

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Home energy conservation tip #1 - The colors in your House can Reduce Your Energy Bill
Paint the walls of your home a light color. Dark colors tend to absorb light, requiring you to use more energy from light bulbs to achieve the same effect.

Home energy conservation tip #2 — Who Wants to Do the Dishes?
A dishwasher that is 90% full uses 4 units of electricity. If it is only 50% full, it still uses 3 units of electricity. Fill the dishwasher to save on your electric bill.

Home energy conservation tip #3 — Insulate
Buy a water heater blanket and keep your water heater insulated. You’ll save $40 per year. Doesn’t that just make you feel warm all over?

Home energy conservation tip #4 — Lighten Up!
Replacing a single incandescent bulb with an energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulb (one of those “squiggly bulbs”) can save up to $50 over the bulb’s lifetime.
Did you know that if every U.S. home swapped out just ONE incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent “squiggly bulb”, the energy saved would be enough to power 2.5 MILLION homes!?!

Home energy conservation tip #5 — Money Out the Window?
Up to 16% of your heat can escape through unprotected windows. Close your drapes at night or install insulating shutters to retain heat. If you have a large expanse of glass that doesn’t receive direct sun, keep the drapes closed as much as possible.

Home energy conservation tip #6 — Get a Smart Power Strip
75% of electricity used by home electronics is consumed while “off”. By using a power strip and switching off when not in use, you lessen CO2 emissions and reduce your energy bill.

Home energy conservation tip #7 — What Kind of Washing Machine is More Energy Efficient?
When choosing your next washing machine, pick one with a front-loader. Front-loader models use 25% less energy than a standard model.

Also, simply switching from a hot/warm cycle to a warm/cold cycle when washing laundry can save you 10 cents a load. That adds up when you think about how many loads of laundry you do a year! Don’t forget to look for the Energy Star before making those big purchases!

Home energy conservation tip #8 — Ditch the Dirty Filters
Check your furnace and AC filters regularly. Cleaning or replacing filters once a month during periods of high use will insure proper air flow, promote better health, increase efficiency, and save money too. If you are concerned about air quality, consider a dust collector or air filtration system.

Home energy conservation tip #9 — Air Your Laundry
During spring and summer months, line dry your clothes instead of using a clothes dryer. This can save you as much as $75 a year.

Home energy conservation tip #10 — Energy Efficient Thermostats Save You Money
Why pay for heat or AC you don’t need? You can save energy and money by using a programable thermostat. It can reduce your energy needs from heat or AC when you are at work, away at vacation, or asleep.

Tips taken from www.squidoo.com

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