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Ways You can Save Energy

Be energy smart!Reducing your energy consumption can pay big. You could potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on energy bills by making just a few simple changes in your home or business. And money isn't the only green you'll see when you save energy. Of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the US in 2012, 11% came from commercial and residential buildings and 33% came from electricity use. The more energy you save, the less greenhouse gasses you emit. Reducing your energy use not only pays off for you, it also makes our community and planet a better place!

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Know how much you use - check out a kilowatt meter today!
Kil-o-watt meter
The first step to saving energy is knowing where and how much you use in your home. Luckily, you can check out a kilowatt meter for free at the Civic Center Library or Sam Garcia Library today to find out! Click here to learn more about kilowatt meters and how they can help you be energy smart.

Ways you can Save!

Tired of big electricity bills? Want to find ways to reduce your impact and live more sustainably? Energy is a great place to start! There are many ways you can save energy every day. Most are inexpensive or free, and can save you money and reduce your GHG emissions. When you combine several of these actions together, your results can really add up!

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Around the houseHome energy saving tips

There are so many everyday actions that can save energy around the home. Below are just a few. How many have you done?
  • Install CFL or LED light bulbs - these use significantly less energy than normal incandescent bulbs and last much longer.
  • Weatherize - weatherstripping, caulking, and sealing ducts allows your HVAC system to maintain the desired temperature in your home with less energy.
  • Adjust your thermostat - adjusting your thermostat just a few degrees up in summer or down in winter can significantly lower you energy use. It can also reduce your GHG emissions by over 1,000 pounds annually.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature - the "medium" or recommended setting on your refrigerator is perfect for preserving your food without overusing energy for unnecessary cooling.CFL lightbulb
  • Use power strips - plugging appliances and chargers into power strips and shutting off the strip when not in use ensures you are not a victim of "vampire" loads.
  • Unplug unused devices - many devices, especially electronics, can still draw energy even when they are turned off. Unplug them when not in use to avoid this.
  • Use window coverings - window films, curtains, and blinds can block sunlight that would heat your home and make your air conditioner work harder in summer.
  • Insulate your hot water heater - water heaters use energy to warm your water, but much of that heat is lost as water moves through the pipes. Wrap the tank and exposed pipes with insulation to reduce heat loss.
  • Hang dry clothes - your dryer is one of the largest single energy users in your home. Use the sun's free energy to dry your clothes!
  • Use cold water laundry settings - most washers and detergents are designed to work well with cold water settings. Most of your washer's energy use is devoted to heating water, so run it on cold to save with every load!
  • Do full loads of laundry - doing full loads of laundry means you are using your washer's energy in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Install solar panels - solar panels harness the sun's free energy and can greatly reduce your energy bills and GHG emissions. Many systems can pay for themselves in just a few years.
  • Install a solar hot water heater - water heaters use lots of energy to heat water, so why not use the sun to do the job?hang dry clothes
  • Do full loads of dishes - full loads ensure your dishwasher is using energy as efficiently as possible. Also use the "energy save" drying mode for added savings.
  • Insulate your attic - insulating your attic keeps the temperature more stable in the top portion of your home, which eases the burden on your HVAC system in both summer and winter.
  • Get a home energy audit - knowledge is power. A home energy audit by a qualified technician can tell you exactly where your biggest opportunities to save are.
  • Seal your ducts - most homes lose a huge amount of conditioned air through duct leakage. This makes your HVAC system condition much more air than what actually reaches your rooms. Sealing your ducts reduces leakage and lets your HVAC run more efficiently.
  • Install a cool roof - cool roofs reflect heat away from your home, which lessens the burden on your energy-hungry air conditioner in summer.
  • Plant a tree - trees can provide shade and cooling effects when planted around your home, and they remove 2,000 pounds of GHG emissions from the atmosphere over their lifetime!plant a tree to save energy
  • Use motion sensors - motion sensors can detect when you are not in a room and automatically turn the lights off when a room is not in use.
  • Turn off the lights - flick the lights off when you leave a room to reduce energy waste and save some cash.
  • Install solar outdoor lighting - solar outdoor lighting can easily be run off the sun's energy, which is free!
  • Install a solar pool pump - pool pumps use a ton of energy, so install a solar powered model to significantly reduce costs on your utility bill.