Energy Saving Tips


1. Reduce heater's room temperature For each extra degree (Celsius) of temperature, your heater will consume 7 to 11% more energy. Adjust it to 18degrees which is also better for your health. 2. Install a programmable thermostat You will be able to control the heater's temperature during specific hours every day. 3. Insulate your house Loss of heat is loss of energy. 4. Fix air leaks 5. Close the chimney of the fireplace when you don't use it It is designed to drive smoke (hot air) out of the house! 6. Get an energy audit to advice you about the necessary fixes and insulation 7. Install energy efficient windows 8. Install storm windows In cold climates they may save up to 50% of energy loss of your current windows during the winter. 9. Shade the windows properly A tent outside the window will prevent more solar energy to enter the house that a curtain. 10.Plant deciduous trees to shade your house. During the winter they will loose their leaves and allow sunlight penetrate the house. 11.Mount aluminum sheets behind your space heaters It will reflect the thermal energy in the room, not on the wall. 12.Put the refrigerator far from any heat sources 13.Don't overload the fridge 14.Don't put hot food in the fridge. It will drain energy for no reason. Leave it out until it gets to the room temperature before putting it in the fridge. 15.Tidy up your fridge Firstly, you will need less time with the door open until you find what you need. Secondly, the frost will be distributed better. 16.Keep your fridge clean You can save up to 30% of loss of energy by cleaning the dust from the back of your refrigerator. Also, clean it from the ice which reduces its performance. 17.Switch off the lights where you don't need them 18.Use CFLs Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs are way more economic. Save up to 70% of electricity costs for lighting. 19. Look for Energy Star qualified appliances 20.Use the eco mode to reduce your appliances electricity consumption 21.Don't use the air-conditioner with the windows open 22.Clean the air-conditioner's filters regularly 23.Shade your air-conditioner's compressors properly They will use 10% less energy. 24.Walk, walk, walk Walk to the supermarket, walk to the school, walk and save energy. 25.Drive slower to reduce emissions Aggressive driving consumes more fuel. 26.Don't pre-heat the car engine. Instead, you can drive at low velocities during the first minutes until the engine is properly heated. 27.Keep your car tires pressure at the proposed limits. This will save you fuels and it will make your car safer too. 28.Go Hybrid Hybrid cars produce less greenhouse gases. Check out the local funds and buy one at a better price OR 29.Buy an electric car 30.Use public means of transport 31.Buy proper cookware Make sure that your pans and the other kitchenware fix properly on the cooker. Otherwise you will loose energy for no reason. 32.Turn the cooker off before the food is finished It will remain hot for a little and the food will be cooked without wasting any energy. 33.Don't use a cloth dryer It consumes too much energy. Remember, sun can be a really good friend if used properly. 34.Wash your clothes on lower temperature Avoid energy loss when possible. 35.Don't leave electronics on stand-by mode They will not stop using electricity. Use a plug-board with a switch to completely switch off all appliances. 36.Say no to screen savers Turn the monitor off instead. 37.A plugged charger will consume energy even when it is not connected to the device 38.Go Local Avoid transportation to far away distances if you can do the same thing nearby. Choose a local supermarket, buy from the bakery of the neighborhood. Also prefer local products to reduce the CO2 emissions cause to their transportation. 39.Go On-line Make your bank or any other transactions using the Internet. This will save you time and transportation costs too. 40.Don't use the microwave oven to defrost food Instead, you can just leave it at room temperature for a little bit longer. 41.Go Passive Using the sun properly can save you lots of money. 42.Use solar water heaters They provide free hot water. 43.Maintain your water heater regularly Badly maintained heaters consume way more electricity. 44.Insulate your water pipes 45.Install a Green Roof It will save you lots of energy along with multiple other advantages it provides.
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1. Reduce heater's room temperature For each extra degree (Celsius) of temperature, your heater will consume 7 to 11% more energy. Adjust it to 18degrees which is also better for your health. 2. Install a programmable thermostat You will be able to control the heater's temperature during specific hours every day. 3. Insulate your house Loss of heat is loss of energy. 4. Fix air leaks 5. Close the chimney of the fireplace when you don't use it It is designed to drive smoke (hot air) out of the house! 6. Get an energy audit to advice you about the necessary fixes and insulation 7. Install energy efficient windows 8. Install storm windows In cold climates they may save up to 50% of energy loss of your current windows during the winter. 9. Shade the windows properly A tent outside the window will prevent more solar energy to enter the house that a curtain. 10.Plant deciduous trees to shade your house. During the winter they will loose their leaves and allow sunlight penetrate the house. 11.Mount aluminum sheets behind your space heaters It will reflect the thermal energy in the room, not on the wall. 12.Put the refrigerator far from any heat sources 13.Don't overload the fridge 14.Don't put hot food in the fridge. It will drain energy for no reason. Leave it out until it gets to the room temperature before putting it in the fridge. 15.Tidy up your fridge Firstly, you will need less time with the door open until you find what you need. Secondly, the frost will be distributed better. 16.Keep your fridge clean You can save up to 30% of loss of energy by cleaning the dust from the back of your refrigerator. Also, clean it from the ice which reduces its performance. 17.Switch off the lights where you don't need them 18.Use CFLs Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs are way more economic. Save up to 70% of electricity costs for lighting. 19. Look for Energy Star qualified appliances 20.Use the eco mode to reduce your appliances electricity consumption 21.Don't use the air-conditioner with the windows open 22.Clean the air-conditioner's filters regularly 23.Shade your air-conditioner's compressors properly They will use 10% less energy. 24.Walk, walk, walk Walk to the supermarket, walk to the school, walk and save energy. 25.Drive slower to reduce emissions Aggressive driving consumes more fuel. 26.Don't pre-heat the car engine. Instead, you can drive at low velocities during the first minutes until the engine is properly heated. 27.Keep your car tires pressure at the proposed limits. This will save you fuels and it will make your car safer too. 28.Go Hybrid Hybrid cars produce less greenhouse gases. Check out the local funds and buy one at a better price OR 29.Buy an electric car 30.Use public means of transport 31.Buy proper cookware Make sure that your pans and the other kitchenware fix properly on the cooker. Otherwise you will loose energy for no reason. 32.Turn the cooker off before the food is finished It will remain hot for a little and the food will be cooked without wasting any energy. 33.Don't use a cloth dryer It consumes too much energy. Remember, sun can be a really good friend if used properly. 34.Wash your clothes on lower temperature Avoid energy loss when possible. 35.Don't leave electronics on stand-by mode They will not stop using electricity. Use a plug-board with a switch to completely switch off all appliances. 36.Say no to screen savers Turn the monitor off instead. 37.A plugged charger will consume energy even when it is not connected to the device 38.Go Local Avoid transportation to far away distances if you can do the same thing nearby. Choose a local supermarket, buy from the bakery of the neighborhood. Also prefer local products to reduce the CO2 emissions cause to their transportation. 39.Go On-line Make your bank or any other transactions using the Internet. This will save you time and transportation costs too. 40.Don't use the microwave oven to defrost food Instead, you can just leave it at room temperature for a little bit longer. 41.Go Passive Using the sun properly can save you lots of money. 42.Use solar water heaters They provide free hot water. 43.Maintain your water heater regularly Badly maintained heaters consume way more electricity. 44.Insulate your water pipes 45.Install a Green Roof It will save you lots of energy along with multiple other advantages it provides. ============================================#40 Beware thawing perishables on the counter. See: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/big_thaw/index.asp A cold water thaw would be preferable to leaving meat out for 2+ hours.
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Nelly wrote:

Not to mention fuel and/or postage.
Jeff
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Dear Hints from Heloise.
Vote out the idiots in Congress who keep blocking oil production on US soil, and coastal areas. We have plenty of energy, but the Jimmy Carter types of the world want us all to wear sweatters and turn down the heat. Vote their buns out.
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Although I prefer increasing domestic energy production, that would make only a dent in our importing about half the petroleum that we use.
Besides, I think people look nice in sweaters. In wintertime, I'd turn down the heat to wear one.
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On Wed, 1 Sep 2010 00:38:59 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@manx.misty.com (Don Klipstein) wrote:

Which would drop the price through the floor.

Nah, fires are pretty too.
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On 8/30/2010 2:06 PM, Nelly wrote:

I don't think my air conditioner will bring the temperature down to 18F here, especially in this 90+ weather we've been having. *snicker*
TDD
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.. wrote:

Time is money.

Money is money. It is unlikely you will EVER recover the differential cost of a hybrid or an electric car. Minimizing greenhouse gases is a fool's errand.

Never. It merely encourages our betters to do more of it. In my town, comparing tax load for mass transit, average rider trip, and number of riders, it would be cheaper to send every bus or light rail rider to their destination by taxi cab!

Worrying about CO2 emissions is a fool's errand. You cannot convince the ordinary housewife that driving to the next county to save twenty-cents on a bunch of bananas is a bad idea.
46. Unplug clocks when not in use.
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On a related note, I got a thing from my Power company noting that about 75% of the costs of electricity to these things is when they are (officially) off. Decided to save some coin by unplugging or turnoff the power strip. Decided not to do it ever again when I spent about 20 minutes the next re-programming things.
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Yes, that was a rather stupid 'tip' from the original squirrely poster.
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I have enough devices that consume in some cases a few to several watts of power when "off" and don't need reprogramming after being disconnected from line voltage. For example, my PC and my monitor and my TV. My DTV converter box also does not need to be reprogrammed after being deprived of power, but it cosumes a little less than 1 watt when it is "off" (about $1 in annual savings to add to what adding a power strip to my TV saves).
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1. Unless you have allergies or arthritis in which case you are going to aggravate your condition. 2. Just dont forget to change the battery once a year. 3. When it comes to walls if your house doesnt have them the only way to insulate them is to punch a holes in them to stick an insulation hose. 4. You really have to love to crawl on your hands and knees in tight dark, damp dusty and very hot places. 5. Oil the hinge a little when you do so that it doesnt rust on you when you hopefully remember to open it again. 6. Just remember the audit guy is dumber than you are. 7. Make sure the double pane window are of good quality because if anything gets between those two panes youre in trouble. 8. What ever happened to good old fashioned wood shutters? 9. Be ready to replace the awning fabric every ten years because the UV rays are going to destroy it, especially if you live in the South West. 10. Just hire the neighbors kid to rake the leaves. 11. You must love bugs because bugs love warm cozy spaces like between the wall and the aluminum sheet. 12. Like the range. 13. Just dont buy perishables at wholesale. 14. Just make sure the dog, cat, flies, ants etc. dont get into it. 15. Bar anyone under eighteen from opening the fridge. 16. Hopefully your condenser coil is in the back and not under or above or youre going to have a ball cleaning it. 17. Just dont move around too much at night because you are going to be turning lights on and off non stop and thats what wears out CFLs the most. 18. See # 16. 19. Just remember the engineers at Energy Star are dumber than you are. 20. The engineers at Energy Star came up with that. 21. DUHH 22. Good luck doing a thorough job or without tearing it. 23. Just make sure you clean the leaves from the INSIDE once a year if youre using a shade tree for that. 24. Just retire youll have plenty of time to walk. 25. Especially if you live in an inner city affluent neighborhood expect to get the finger all day. 26. That all depends on the temperature outside. Youll destroy your engine if its a very cold day. 27. Save fuel yes but safer? Wasnt Firestone saying the exact opposite several years back. 28. Your car isnt complicated enough and your mechanic could use a trip to Europe this year. 29. Hopefully those $35.000 batteries will come down is price in ten years. 30. You want to experience how your grandparents coped with bed bugs. 31. Just ask the cookware salesperson to fix you. 32. Especially with eggs. 33. The neighbors will love it. 34. You dont mind contracting things like MRSA or fungal diseases do you? 35. Just make sure the plug board has a long enough cord so you dont have to crawl after its switch. 36. Just turn in your laptop for a desktop. 37. You like moving furniture. 38. All depends on where you live. 39. Just make sure to update your virus protection every few months and update your computer every year so it can handle your updated virus protection. 40. I wonder why they say NOT to leave the Turkey at room temperature to defrost it every Thanksgiving/ 41. I always get passive under the hot sun. 42. Get a black trash bin, stick a hose in the bottom, connect it to the shower, take it up to the roof, fill it with water eh voil. 43. Flush out your water heater thoroughly every year so that the money you save on electricity or gas will be spent on water. 44. Just tear up the walls if theyre not insulated already. 45. Like growing your own vegetables. http://www.travelblog.org/Photos/3105901
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