SUMMERTIME ENERGY-SAVING TIPS
Managing the energy you use is the best way to help save energy dollars.
Keep these energy saving measures in mind…
Use your appliances wisely
- Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes.
- Line dry clothes whenever you can.
- When you need to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use.
- Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded, and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead.
- Fill up the fridge - Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn't have to work as hard to stay cool.
- Be a speedy chef - Nothing is more energy efficient for cooking than your microwave. It uses two-thirds less energy than your stove.
Eliminate wasted energy
- Turn off appliances, lights and equipment when not in use.
- Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use-most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off." Turn computers and printers off at the power strip. Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don't really need it. This will save you up to $150 per year!
Replace air conditioner filters - Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.
Install window shading - Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. For additional future savings, use strategically planted trees, shrubs and vines to shade your home.
Seal your ducts - Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor. Note: duct cleaning is not the same as duct sealing.
Plug your home's leaks - Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
For information on using energy wisely in your home, contact Mohave’s Energy Management Specialist at (928) 763-1100. The Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) also offers a Weatherization Assistance Program that helps low income families reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Information about this no-charge Weatherization Program is available by calling WACOG at (928) 753-6247.
May 10, 2010