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No Cost or Low Cost Ways to Save Energy

Here are some no cost or low cost ideas that can help you save energy and money at your home or small business:

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.

  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.

  • Use your microwave instead of a conventional electric range or oven.

  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and VCRs, into power strips and turn power strips off when equipment is not in use.

  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater; 115º is comfortable for most uses.

  • Take showers instead of baths to reduce hot water use.

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

  • Replace your furnace filter at least once a year. Reusable filters should be cleaned.

  • Purchase a water heater blanket. With its heat reflecting insulated material, it can save approximately 20% in heating costs.

  • Landscape with trees, shrubs, or vines around your home: well-placed trees can actually save up to 25% of a typical household's heating and cooling costs.

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