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Energy Usage Tips

Use these tips and tricks to reduce your energy usage!

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    Unplug all appliances when not in use. Look into replacing older ones with newer, more efficient models. TVs and especially printers use energy when they’re not even in use, just to make them start faster!

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    Plug in high-usage items (TVs, printers, DVD players, computers) only when they are being used.

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    If you own a home computer, turn it off completely if you know you’re not going to use it for several hours or use the computer's power savings options which puts the computer into sleep mode when not used after a predetermined amount of time.

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    Use new power strips and surge protectors. Unplug them if you’re only using one or two appliances at the same time.

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    Combine laundry loads and air dry (you can get a drying rack at Wal-Mart and most large retailers) instead of using a dryer.

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    Turn the A/C to 78 degrees when leaving the house for the day or a few hours. Turn it off completely on cool and breezy days.

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    Replace older light bulbs in your house with more efficient ones.

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    Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.

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    Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.

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    Avoid using your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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    Run your dishwasher and laundry equipment only when fully loaded.

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    Turn off lights, TVs, computers, or other electrical equipment when not in use.

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    Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that get direct sun.

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    Use fans to make it feel cooler.

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