Save money with these smart energy choices

You can lower your electricity bills by following these simple energy efficiency tips.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS

Reducing energy costs does not necessarily mean sacrificing comfort. Here are some tips you can implement in your house at little to no cost. Start saving now to reduce your energy bills while helping the environment!

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Adjust your refrigerator temperature. Set your refrigerator to 36-40°F and your freezer to 5°F to save up to 15% more energy!

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Choose energy efficient lighting. Switching five of your home’s most frequently used lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs could save you approximately $75* a year in energy costs. When possible, use natural light from windows.

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Use power strips and surge protectors. Power strips make it easier to turn off multiple electronics when not in use. If you must leave them on, activate energy-saving or sleep modes. By using power strips and unplugging your appliances, you could save approximately $100* a year.

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Join an energy efficiency program.  
Your city or utility may have free energy efficiency programs like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that can provide a more comprehensive energy audit of your home. Sign up and increase your savings!

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Stay cool in the summer.
Use as much natural ventilation as possible. If you have a thermostat, set the temperature to 78°F or higher and use fans to keep cool. On very hot days, take a cold shower twice a day or visit an air-conditioned public facility or cooling center.

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Warm up in the winter. Home heating and cooling make up 43% of household energy usage! Open blinds and curtains to let the sun heat your home. Draw the drapes close at night to keep your home warm. If you have a thermostat, set your temperature to 68°F or lower and wear something warm.

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Reduce your hot water use. 
If your home’s hot water heater is electric, wasting hot water also wastes electricity. Take shorter showers and fill your sink to wash dishes to avoid wasting hot water.

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Use energy-saving appliances. 
Using ENERGY STAR-certified appliances throughout your home could help you save up to $750 over appliance lifetime. Check with your local electric utility for Energy Assistance Savings Programs to help you replace your appliances.