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Energy Saving Tips

Quick ways to save energy:

  • Use ceiling fans to keep air moving, so you feel cooler without increasing air conditioner use.
  • Dry laundry loads right after each other so your dryer doesn't have to reheat for each load.
  • Caulking around door frames and installing weather stripping around door openings are inexpensive and highly effective means of saving energy.
  • Deciduous trees with high, spreading leaves and branches can be planted to the south of your home to provide maximum summertime roof shading. Trees with foliage lower to the ground are more appropriate to the west, where shade is needed from lower afternoon sun angles.
  • Cutting a 15 minute shower in half can save substantially on yearly hot water cost.
  • In summer, use shades, blinds or curtains to keep sunlight out, especially during the afternoon in rooms facing west.
  • Don't block vents or ducts inside the house. Maintaining clear air paths allows your cooling and heating system to work more efficiently.

Lighting Energy Saving Tips

Saving lighting costs goes way beyond turning off the light switch when you leave the room, although that's still a good idea. Here are a number of low-cost actions you can take to save energy and money:

  • For each standard incandescent bulb you replace with a compact fluorescent bulb, you can save from $10 or more on your electric costs over the life of the bulb (see table below). You get more hours of the illumination (compact fluorescents have a life expectancy of 10,000 hours, compared to 750 to 900 hours for standard bulbs) and three to four times more lighting efficiency. Start by replacing bulbs that are on for more than three hours per day. Next, replace bulbs that are in hard-to-reach places. You'll save time, effort and energy.
  • When buying bulbs, look for the highest lumen-per-watts ratio. Lumens measure the amount of light a bulb gives off, while watts measure how much energy a bulb uses. A typical lumens-per-watt ratio for an incandescent bulb is 15:1. This compares to 60:1 for a fluorescent bulb.
  • Use brighter bulbs in areas where you do close-up work such as reading, cooking and home projects. Use less bright bulbs in other areas.
  • Keep light bulbs and fixtures clear of dust. Clean bulbs give off more light than dirty ones.
  • Use natural light whenever possible. Make the most of natural light by moving desk, reading chairs and workbenches closer to windows. Keep in mind that lighter colors for walls, ceilings and floors reflect more sunlight.

Incandescent Bulb and Compact Fluorescent Bulb Cost Comparison

  60 watt Incandescent 15 watt Compact Fluorescent
Cost of bulb $0.75 $6
Hour per day 5 5
Hour per year 1825 1825
Kilowatt hours per year 110 27
Cost per year (at $0.12 per kw hour) $13.20 $3.24

60 watts reduced to 15 watts = 45 watts reduction = $13.20 - $3.24 = $9.96 savings per year

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