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Energy and Water Tips

   

Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

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Use power-management software on your computer.

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Close curtains and shades during the summer to keep your home cooler.

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Close fireplace damper and doors when not in use.

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Lower water-heater temperature to the lowest comfortable setting.

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Run dishwasher only when full; select 'energy saver' cycle on energy-efficient models.

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Use microwave oven for warming, reheating or cooking food.

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Make sure the air flow around your refrigerator is not obstructed.

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Check temperatures in your refrigerator (recommended 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and freezer (recommended 0 degrees Fahrenheit); adjust as needed.

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Recycle a second refrigerator or freezer through Utilities' refrigerator/freezer recycling program.

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Keep water beds covered (comforters work well).

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Change your hot tub setting to "economy mode".

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Borrow an "appliance meter" from Utilities to learn how appliances use electricity.

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Sign up for a Utilities Home Efficiency Audit.

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Install an insulation blanket on your water heater.

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Insulate pipes-hot and cold-that connect vertically to your water heater.

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Seal air leaks by caulking windows, doors, foundations and exterior walls.

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Check and seal leaks in attics, basements and crawl spaces.

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Seal and insulate air leaks in ductwork located in attics or crawl spaces.

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Always use a permanent "duct mastic" material-not duck tape-for sealing attic ductwork and crawl spaces.

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Close crawl space vents and cover the crawl space floor with plastic (at least 6-mil) to reduce soil moisture.

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Use LED light bulbs.

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Purchase power strips to turn off selected appliances when not in use.

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Insulate attics, exterior walls and crawl space walls (rebates available).

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Apply for low-cost financing to make higher-cost upgrades.

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Replace older appliances with ENERGY STAR® products.

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Use solar screens over windows with excess sun.

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Replace older water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and boilers with efficient ENERGY STAR® models.

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Replace appliances with ENERGY STAR® models.

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Replace windows with double-pane, low-e windows.

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Install "solar-control" windows in locations where windows are exposed to excess sun.

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Before shaving, partially fill the sink with warm water to rinse the razor blade.

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Turn off faucet while shaving or brushing teeth.

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Don't use the toilet as a trash can.

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Run the dishwasher only when it's full. Do small loads by hand.

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Don't rinse the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. Scrape them clean.

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When washing fruits or vegetables, fill the sink with water instead of running the faucet.

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Store a jug of water in the refrigerator for a cool drink.

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Install WaterSense labeled showerheads.

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Replace kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators with WaterSense labeled models.

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Find and repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets.

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Purchase an ENERGY STAR® high-efficiency clothes washer and receive a Utilities' rebate.

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Purchase a WaterSense labeled toilet and receive a Utilities' rebate.

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Know your electric rate and manage the building's electric load.

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Sign up for a Utilities facility assessment.

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Turn off overhead and task lights when not in use.

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Take advantage of daylight from windows and skylights.

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Turn off printers, copiers, coffee machines, and other equipment at end of day.

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Activate sleep mode on computers (see ENERGY STAR® for details).

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Turn down thermostat on water heater(s).

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Benchmark your energy use compared to other similar businesses.

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Sign up for the Keep Current e-newsletter and information service.

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Use properly set timers or photo sensors for outdoor lighting.

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Use an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat or wifi thermostat.

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Ensure programmable thermostats are programmed correctly.

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Replace filters, clean evaporator and condenser coils and verify proper operation of the economizer on air handlers.

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Replace standard light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® LEDs.

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Install occupancy sensors where lights frequently are left on when no one is present.

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Replace incandescent exit signs with LED exit signs.

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Install an insulation blanket on your water heater.

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Insulate hot and cold water pipes above the water heater(s).

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Seal spaces where mechanical, plumbing and electrical wires and pipes penetrate floors, walls and roofs.

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Seal ductwork and rebalance the HVAC system.

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Insulate and air seal the walls and roof.

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Plant trees on east, southeast, southwest and west exposures to reduce solar heat gain and reduce glare through windows.

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Purchase efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances when replacing old ones (rebates available).

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Purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified office equipment, such as desk lamps and computers (rebates available).

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Replace failed electric motors with NEMA Premium® energy-efficiency motors.

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Replace inefficient small fractional horsepower motors with high-efficiency models.

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Complete a building tune-up (retro-commissioning) to ensure existing systems perform as designed.

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Upgrade lighting fixtures containing fluorescent lamps and ballasts with high performing LED fixtures.

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Replace high-bay, high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting with LED lights.

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Install ENERGY STAR® roofing material with high reflectance to reduce cooling load.

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Install a refrigerant heat-recovery system to heat domestic hot water if large refrigeration equipment is present.

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Install a computer-based Energy Management System (EMS) to control heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment and lighting systems.

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Replace electric or gas foodservice equipment with ENERGY STAR® qualified models (rebates available).

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Install cooking vent hood controls with VFD fans and sensors (rebates available).

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Install high efficiency refrigeration equipment, such as zero energy doors and anti-sweat heater controls (rebates available).

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Install interior and exterior lighting controls (rebates available).

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Lower thermostat temperature on winter nights and when not home.

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Wear extra layer of clothing during the winter and lower thermostat a few degrees.

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Open curtains and shades during the winter so sun can warm your home.

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Be sure heating registers aren't blocked by furniture, carpet, drapes.

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Open windows on summer evenings to bring in cool outdoor air.

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Close windows during summer days to keep cool air inside.

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Set your air conditioner's temperature higher and use portable fans, ceiling fans to keep your house cool.

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Maintain your heating equipment.

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Maintain your cooling equipment.

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Install plastic covers over single-pane windows during the winter.

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Plant fast-growing vines to block unwanted summer sun (results in months).

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Plant shade trees to block unwanted summer sun (results in years).

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Use fertilizer lightly as it encourages grass to grow and need more water.

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Water only when grass turns a dull, grey-green color and footprints remain. After a rain, skip watering until the grass dries.

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Bluegrass lawns generally require 1" or more of water per week, depending on the weather.

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Shrubs and trees require less water than bluegrass, so water them separately.

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Watering every third day helps the grass develop deeper roots and use moisture deep in the ground.

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Water in the early morning or late evening when there's less wind.

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If you have a sprinkler system, sign-up for a free audit.

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Mow when it's cool to reduce stressing the grass.

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Mow with a sharp mower blade. A dull blade tears grass and stresses the lawn.

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Mow bluegrass 2 1/2 " - 3" tall to promote deeper rooting and to shade the plant's root zone. Never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade.

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Leave clippings where they fall to add nutrients to the soil. A mulching mower chops grass into small pieces.

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Learn about Xeriscape, a healthy, attractive landscape that conserves water.

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Aerate your lawn once a year.

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Replace some bluegrass with low water-using planting beds.

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Try low water-using plants that provide seasonal colors and textures for year round beauty.

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Design, install and operate a sprinkler system with water-efficiency in mind.

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Purchase a rain sensor and receive a Utilities' rebate.

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Purchase a weather-based controller and receive a Utilities' rebate.

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Purchase multi-jet rotating nozzles and receive a Utilities' rebate.

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Purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified office equipment, such as desk lamps and computers (rebates available).

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Do you want those new jeans to look better and last longer? ENERGY STAR® certified washing machines will do that and more. Click here for the whole story.

Did you know Utilities' offers incentives on ENERGY STAR® certified clothes washers? Learn more.

Clean up your utility bill with an ENERGY STAR® certified washing machine - and get cleaner clothes. Find out more.

How can a clothes washer save drying time and energy? Click here to find out.

Considering a new washing machine? Utilities has partnered with Sears to bring you an ENERGY STAR® washer for the lowest price yet. Learn more.

Washing machines are most efficient when fully loaded.

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Clean your dryer filter regularly. When lint builds up it reduces airflow and your clothes may not dry completely.

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Check washer hoses regularly for cracks that could result in leaks. Better yet - install a new set of burst-proof hoses. They are steel wrapped and are less vulnerable to vibration. Include an ENERGY STAR® washing machine in your purchase and your clothes will be cleaner and your laundry room floor will stay dry.

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Pre-treat stains to avoid the need to re-wash your clothes.

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Make sure dryer vent pipe is not kinked or blocked.

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