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10 ways to be thrifty and save energy

There are simple things you can do to save electricity, money and greenhouse gas emissions in your home or workplace that help reduce your impact on the environment.

  1. Most homes today come equipped with televisions, DVD players, cell phones, laptops and a gaggle of other electronics. All these items continue to use electricity if they’re not turned off properly. People typically put these gadgets in standby mode, which ends up costing them money. Look for new appliances that are Energy Star compliant – they reduce the amount of power used when in standby or idle mode. Or, simply unplug the items when they aren’t in use.
  1. Computers, lamps or televisions placed near your room’s air conditioning vent can cause the air conditioner to work longer than necessary. The thermostat can sense the heat generated by the appliances and keeps the air conditioner running longer.
  1. Lights in your home are responsible for about 10 percent of your electricity bill. Save up to 75 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  1. Run your air conditioner at 78°F instead of 72°F during the summer. This can save you a huge amount—between 6 and 18 percent on your electricity bill. You can easily save power in your home during winter by wearing warmer clothing and setting your thermostat lower.
  1. If you have an electric hot water system, it will consume up to one third of your household’s power use. Heating water can account for 14 to 25 percent of the energy consumed in your home. Lower the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F) and save energy.
  1. Your oven consumes more energy than a microwave, toaster or a counter-top grill. If you use the smaller, more efficient appliances, you’ll use less energy and avoid excess heat that increases room temperature.
  1. Swap your electric hot water system with a solar-powered heater and this could reduce your hot water system’s power use by 70 percent. You could save around $180 on yearly power bills.
  1. Using electricity for heating water is expensive. Shorten your shower time to save energy.
  1. Landscaping isn’t just for enhancing the beauty of your house. Properly placed trees can save between $100 and $250 annually.
  1. When you switch on your air conditioner or heater, make sure that no windows or doors are open. Even a small leakage can cause huge waste of electricity.

By simply following these steps, you save money and energy.

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