Home Energy Conserva..
|1. Consider using an interior fan in conjunction with window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively without greatly increasing power use.
2. Turn off the lights in room you are not using.
3. Take advantage of daylight by using light colored, loosed-weave curtains on windows.
4. Clean electrical fixtures, lamps and lenses every 6 months to 12 months by wiping off the dust. However never clean an incandescent bulb while it is turned on. The water cooling effect will shatter the hot bulb.
5. Use compact fluorescent lamps as they are energy efficient.
6. Turn off kitchen, bath, and ventilating fans as soon as they have done their job.
7. Close off unoccupied rooms and turn down the A/C for these rooms.
8. Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner, it will not cool any faster, and may result in excessive cooling.
9. Don't place lamps, computer, refrigerator, TV etc. near the thermostat, as the heat from these appliances can fool the thermostat to rum longer than is necessary.
10. Allow hot items to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
11. Don't set your refrigerator temperature too low.
12. Cover liquids, and wrap foods placed in the refrigerator.
13. Keep contents in refrigerator to a minimum.
14. Don't hold refrigerator door open for long periods.
15. Do not put freezer/refrigerator where it gets direct sunlight.
16. Move your refrigerator out from the wall and vacuum its condenser coils once a year unless you have a non-clean condenser model.
17. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper out easily, the latch may need adjustment or the seal may need replacement.
18. In gas appliances, look for the Blue flames. Yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may bee needed.
19. Take showers instead of baths. You use 15-25 gallons of water for a bath, but less than 10 gallons during a 5 minute shower.
20. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water, it's faster and it uses less energy.
21. Well-positioned trees can save significant energy for heating and cooling, especially trees that lose their leaves in the fall so that they block the heat of the sun during the summer, and yet still allow winter sunlight to come through.
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