A Full House of Energy Savings
Energy Tips for Around Your Home
In many homes, attic insulation is one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective ways to reduce your energy use. Check with your local electric cooperative to find out how much insulation is right for your climate.
Plug all electronic gadgets such as phone and laptop chargers, printers, gaming consoles and BluRay players into a power strip with an on/off switch. When not in use, turn the power strip off to eliminate all those energy vampires.
Ceiling fans can help save energy all year long! In the summer, fans should rotate counter-clockwise to push air down creating a cooling flow. In the winter, fans should rotate clockwise to help draw cool air up toward the ceiling and push the warm air that naturally rises down to you and your family.
Water heating can account for up to 20 percent of a home’s energy use. Trim that by improving heating efficiency, standby loss and how much hot water you use. Contact your electric co-op for tips on how.
Smart thermostats learn how you and your family live, and automatically adjust the temperature settings based on your lifestyle to keep you comfortable while saving you money.
Make sure your burner isn’t bigger than the pan, and use flat-bottomed pans to maximize surface contact with the burner. Don’t preheat the oven until you’re ready to use it. Minimize the number of times you open and close the refrigerator or oven door.
For more energy saving tips, visit Your Energy, or talk to the trusted energy advisors at your local electric cooperative.
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