Thursday, April 26, 2012

Does energy efficiency have to be expensive?

You don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest energy-efficient appliances to save energy at home. Here are 12 no-cost, no-hassle ways to conserve energy and cut your electric bill: 
  1. Set your water heater at 120 degrees. Besides saving energy, you’ll protect your family from getting scalded by water that’s too hot. 
  2. Use the energy-saver settings on your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer. 
  3. Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs. CFLs use only one-fourth of the energy of traditional light bulbs. 
  4. Clean or replace your air conditioner, furnace or heat-pump filters. 
  5. If you have a waterbed, make it every day. The bedspread will insulate it so much that it will use one-third less energy. 
  6. Crank up the thermostat by one degree during warm weather. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can save up to three percent on your summer energy bill for every degree you raise your thermostat for 24 hours.

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