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You can save energy dollars by following these simple tips. Many of them are common sense suggestions that require no tools or out of pocket expense. Over time, you will see your energy efficiency increase and your energy savings multiply.

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  • Let your dishes air dry instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle. If you don't have an automatic air dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open slightly so the dishes will dry faster.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating, and using cold water can save up to 50 cents per load.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37F to 40F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5F for the freezer section. To check refrigerator temperature, place an appliance thermometer in a glass of water in the center of the refrigerator. Read it after 24 hours. To check the freezer temperature, place a thermometer between frozen packages. Read it after 24 hours.
  • Regularly defrost manual defrost refrigerators and freezers. Frost build up decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don't allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
  • Dust the refrigerator coils this helps refrigerators run more efficiently.
  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are air tight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.
  • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water. Placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
  • Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water level setting.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter weight clothes.
  • Don't over dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Consider air drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

General

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to save 75% off lighting costs.

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