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Money-Saving Quick Tips

  • Should you run your A/C fan continuously for best energy efficiency?
  • Do big screen TVs consume more power than traditional-size televisions?
  • How much water is wasted with a dripping faucet?

We have compiled over 30 energy-saving tips to help you lower your energy bills and shrink your carbon footprint. The tips cover a range of topics including cooling and heating strategies, insulation, and lighting. We think you'll find this a helpful resource!

Quick Tips
  • Home Comfort
  • Home Appliances
  • Home Lighting
  • Outdoor

thermostat imageHome Comfort Money Saving Tips

Cooling

  • If you set your thermostat a little higher during summer months, you'll reduce your cooling costs 3-4% for each degree of adjustment. Changing the temperature from 74°F to 77°F could lower your energy bill by more than 10%. details...
  • A whole house fan is a simple and inexpensive method of cooling a house, particularly during times when the humidity levels are not too high. details...
  • If you buy a new air conditioner, buy an efficient model that is sized and installed properly. details...
  • New air conditioners must have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Be aware of how the SEER rating can affect your energy use. details...

Ventilation/Air Flow

  • A properly ventilated home can significantly improve overall comfort levels and also reduce energy costs. details...
  • Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just 1 hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job. details...

Heating

  • It is important to follow appropriate safety precautions when using space heaters in your home. details...
  • If you set your thermostat a little lower during winter months, you'll reduce your heating costs 2-3% for each degree of adjustment. Changing the temperature from 72°F to 68°F could lower your energy bill by up to 10%. details...
  • Set your thermostat to "auto" so that the blower fan will not operate continuously. A 1/2 HP blower fan consumes 3850 kWh annually if run round the clock, and may only need to run a third or less if set on "auto." details...

Insulation/Weatherization

  • Insulate and seal all attic access openings properly. details...
  • Attic insulation should meet or exceed the recommended R-values provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. details...
  • Weather-resistive barriers need to be integrated with other wall system components, including structure, insulation, vapor retarder, air retarder (if separate), and flashing systems. details...
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows that leak air. You will be surprised about the amount of energy lost through the cracks and openings in a home. details...
  • Slab-on-grade foundations have extensive energy at the perimeter, but can be inexpensively insulated to reduce energy loss. details...
  • Install exterior or interior storm windows; storm windows can reduce your heat loss through the windows by 25% to 50%, particularly if you have single pane windows. details...
  • Crawl spaces can be a significant source of energy loss during both summer and winter, and should be properly insulated. details...
  • One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy costs is to reduce the air leakage within your home as much as possible. details...
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. details...
  • Insulating ceilings is another cost-effective energy efficiency measure. In addition to reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gains in the summer, ceiling insulation improves comfort by bringing ceiling temperatures closer to room temperatures and providing an even temperature distribution throughout the house. details...
  • When properly selected and installed, windows can help minimize a home's heating, cooling, and lighting costs. details...

refrigerator imageHome Appliance Money Saving Tips

Electronics

  • Big screen TVs consume lots of power. A plasma TV will consume about twice the energy of the same size LCD TV. details...
  • Adjust your operating practices for home office equipment to better manage your "energy hogs." details...
  • Turn off screen savers and configure your computer to "sleep mode." details...

Refrigerator

  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F. details...
  • The refrigerator is the largest energy consuming appliance in the average home, in large part because it runs continuously. Replacing a 10 year-old refrigerator with an ENERGY STAR® model can cut your refrigerator energy use in half. details...

Cooking

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing home appliances. details...
  • Be sure your dishwasher is full. The difference in energy cost between two loads per week and four loads per week can amount to $30–$40 per year. details...

Laundry

  • Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting. details...

Water Heating

  • Repair leaky faucets promptly. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. details...

lightbulb imageHome Lighting Money Saving Tips

Indoor

  • Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs are four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and provide the same amount of light. details...
  • With such a variety of lighting choices on the market today, how do you decide which light is right for your home? Compare your indoor and outdoor lighting options. details...
  • LEDs are energy efficient and offer excellent light. They have all of the advantages of incandescent bulbs but none of the limitations of CFLs. details...

Outdoor

  • Use outdoor lights with a photocell unit or a timer so they will turn off during the day. details...

swimming pool imageOutdoor Money Saving Tips

Green Design

  • Trees that lose their leaves in the fall are the most effective at reducing heating and cooling energy cost. When selectively placed around a house, they provide excellent protection from the summer sun, but permit winter sunlight to reach and warm your house. details...

This message was sent by Primghar Municipal Utilities - PO Box 39 - Primghar - IA - 51245