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Conservation Credits | Reduce
Gasoline & Oil Usage
Electrical Usage | Conserve
at Home| Reduce
Conservation Starts at
- Eliminate Wasted
Energy - Turn off appliances, lights, and
equipment when not in use. Don't forget to turn computers and
printers off at the power strip!
- Turn Up Your
Thermostat - During warm weather months, set your
thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you are home, and 85
degrees or off when you are away. Using ceiling or room fans
allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement
will cool the room. You can save up to 3% for each degree the
thermostat is set above 72 degrees.
- Use Your Appliances
Wisely - To help prevent electricity
outages, avoid running your appliances during peak hours - from 4
p.m. to 6 p.m. - or anytime an electricity emergency is declared.
Do laundry more efficiently by using warm or cold water settings
for washing your clothes. Always use cold water for rinsing
clothes. Line dry clothes whenever you can. When you need to use
the clothes dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing
setting, and clean the 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 the dishes instead.
- Use Energy Efficient
Lighting - Replace regular incandescent
light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day with Energy
Star compact fluorescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light
bulbs use approximately 75 % less electricity than regular light
bulbs and last up to seven years! Buy ENERGY STAR certified table
lamps, light fixtures, or torchieres.
- Wrap Your Water
Heater - If your water heater is older than 10
years, wrap it with an insulating blanket.
- 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 and save up to
- Plug Your Home's
Leaks - Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors
and windows, and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
- Install Energy-Saver
Showerheads - This can save not only
electricity, but water as well.
- Install an ENERGY STAR
Thermostat - This can save up to 3% of your
- Use Energy Efficient
Windows - This can save 3% of your
- Install a Whole House
Fan - An attic "whole house" fan draws cooler air
into your home and forces hot air out through attic vents. Use it
when the air is cool outside and in the early morning hours.
- Increase Attic
Insulation - Insulate ceilings to R-30 standards
if your attic has less than R-19.
- Seal Your Ducts
- Leaking ductwork accounts for as much as 25 % of cooling costs
in an average home. Have your ducts tested and get any leaks or
restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor.
- Buy ENERGY STAR
Appliances - When buying new appliances, be sure
to purchase energy-efficient ENERGY STAR models. Also, look for
seasonal incentives sponsored by utility companies for