9 Fast Energy Saving Facts

With growing concerns about rising energy costs, more and more attention is being drawn to ways customers can improve the energy efficiency of their own homes. Taken from a press release that was made available to Wabash Valley Power’s member systems, here are some simple steps that can add up to big savings on your electric bill.

  1. Lower your thermostat. Setting your thermostat to 68 oF during the day or when you’re away can cut your annual heating bill by 5 to 15 percent.

  2. Change five lights. Switching to Compact Fluorescent Lights in just five fixtures can save you up to $60 a year in electricity – and the bulbs last 10 times longer!

  3. Keep it clean. Clean or replace your furnace or heat pump filters monthly to keep air flowing freely.

  4. Seek the Star. Home electronics and appliances with the Energy Star symbol save at least 20 percent in energy costs over regular ones.

  5. A little cooler. Lower your water heater temperature to 120 oF, or between low and medium on some models. Each 10 oF reduction in temperature will cut your water heating costs by 3 to 5 percent.

  6. Cover your dishes. Uncovered foods release moisture, making your refrigerator’s compressor work harder.

  7. Check the seal. Close your refrigerator door over a piece of paper. If the paper pulls out easily, cold air is escaping, and you may need to replace the seal or adjust the latch.

  8. Get in tune. Having a professional clean and check your heating and cooling system every season will keep it operating efficiently and reduce the chance of failure when you need it most.

  9. Dodge that draft. The updraft created by your fireplace can suck heated air out of the room. A tightly fitting door will keep the heat where it belongs.

Keeping your house cool without wasting energy and money.

You can save 5 to 10 percent of the cost of running your air conditioner by raising the thermostat by two degrees.Your thermostat should be set at 78 degrees or higher to run efficiently.

Keep your windows closed, and close blinds and drapes during the hot part of the day.

Keeping the air filters in your AC unit clean will help it run efficiently.

Turn off unnecessary lights.

Try to not use appliances during hot summer afternoons and evenings.

Plant trees to shade your AC units.

Heating your home without spending an arm and a leg.

For every two degrees that you lower your thermostat during the winter you save up to 10 percent on your heating bill.

Don't close doors or shut off registers in rooms, as this puts added strain on the central system.

If you notice little or no air coming from some registers or that some rooms are colder than others. this could indicate a problem with the duct leaks.

Open drapes and shades on sunny days to let in the sun's heat. Close them at night and on cloudy days.

Portable Heaters can be costly. Use them only to warm rooms that don't get enough heat or in homes without central heating systems.

Appliances

When not in use turn off appliances and lights.

Turn off your computer and other office equipment when it is not in use.

Some newer electronic appliances have a "stand-by" mode that allows them to start immediately when you turn them on. This functions uses a small amount of energy continuously and should be turned off to conserve money and energy.

Refrigerators use a great deal of electricity, if you clean the coils at the back and bottom you can increase it's efficiency.

Do not leave the refrigerator do open, every time you open the door the compressor will run for up to 10 minutes to keep it cool inside.

Leaving on a vacation?

Set your air conditions thermostat at 85 degrees or higher.

Put lights on a timer to save energy and give the house a "lived in" look.

Draw the drapes on windows facing the south and west.

Set the water heater to the lowest setting.

Laundry

Don't use too much soap. Oversized loads and oversuddsing make your washing machine work harder than is should using more energy.

Line drying your cloths can save you $6 monthly at three loads a week.

Only run your washer and dryer when full (but not overloaded) this can save you $2 monthly at three loads a week.

Try to use your washer and dryer early in the morning or late at night, this will help keep your house cooler than if you ran them in the hottest part of the day.

Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes. Lighter clothing will not need as much time in the dryer as heavy loads.



Saving energy doesn't just save you money, lowers the REMC's energy consumption, this in turn will help us keep our rates low, again saving you and other members money.

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