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Tips For Saving Energy

By Heather Butler

Our resources are running out because we are using too much of everything. There are some small steps you can take to save money and the environment. You will see real savings on your energy bill if you follow some of these steps. You don’t need to do a lot, but you need to do something.

Appliances and electronics make up about 20% of energy use in the average American home. Look for energy star labels when shopping for appliances. Energy star labels are strict guidelines for energy efficiency. These tips will help you save money as well as make the environment healthier for generations to come.

Light bulbs: Fluorescent lights last years longer, though they are more expensive. You will need to sort these bulbs out of recycling because they have 5mg of mercury.

Dishes:Only start washing dishes when you have a full load. Air dryer dishes will also conserve energy.

Laundry: Try washing your clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot water. You can cut down energy even more by hanging your clothes on a line instead of using a dryer. Don’t use a dryer unless it is a full load.

Refrigerators: Before you open the door, think of what you want. Leaving open to door uses too much excess energy.

Take Showers: If you take showers, rather than baths, you will lower the heating bill and water usage.

Turn off all lights and computers that are not in use. Plug all of your TVs in power strips. Using a power strip reduces electricity. Even when your appliance are off, the outlet is still consuming energy. To conserve energy, unplug the appliance or use a power strip. The off switch on the power strip will cut off all electricity to the appliance.

Check windows and doors for air leaks. Weather stripping and caulking are two ways to seal air leaks. Doing this will keep the cold or warm air in your home longer. Less heating and air will lower your energy costs. Energy Star Labels: These labels are only given when an appliance meets a very strict set of guidelines of energy efficiency.

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