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Energy Saving Tips Celebrating Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Big Savings with Small Changes

January 10, 2019 - 12:15 am
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Happy #CutYourEnergyCostsDay! Austin Energy has many Energy & Money Saving Tips to celebrate! Whether you live in a house, condo or apartment, creating new habits to reduce your home energy will also save you money. Many of these tips require very little to no effort or out-of-pocket expense to you. Saving Energy will increase your Savings. Start at home... 

Easy Energy Saving Tips at Home:

Light Up Your Home For Less

  • ​Install Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs. LEDs use 90% less electricity, generate less heat, and last 10-25 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.
  • Use photocells on your outdoor lights
  • Turn off  lights that aren't needed, even when leaving a room for a short time.
  • Have task lights in a room rather than lighting the entire room
  • Don’t Let Your Electronics Waste Energy
  • Unplug appliances and electronic devices when you are not using them. Just turning them off doesn't cut energy waste
  • Use a “smart strip” that powers only the devices that need to stay on.
  • Use timers on surge protectors
  • Use ENERGY STAR® products 
  • Have ceiling fans, but when you leave the room, turn them off.

Manage Your  Energy Use with Laundry and Dishes

  • Run washing machines and dishwashers on a full load.
  • Wash your clothes in cold or luke warm water.
  • Use the air dry cycle on your dishwasher.
  • Dry loads of clothes back-to-back to take advantage of the heat already built in it
  • Clean the lint filter after every load
  • Close the door to the dryer room to keep the heat from going into the rest of your home

Control Your Water Heater

  • You can svae around $45 a year setting the water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Going on Vacay. Use the Vacay setting
  • Wrap your water heater w/ an insulated blanket
  • Install a timer on your water heater

Cook and Cool Smart in the Kitchen

  • Check your refrigerator (36 - 38 degrees) and freezer ( between 0 and 5 degrees) temperatures.
  • Get a chest-styled freezer, which uses 10% - 25% less energy than upright freezers
  • Get an energy efficient refrigerator or freezer. 
  • Gently vacuum the refrigerator's condenser coils about every three months. 
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer doors are sealed properly
  • Cool food before placing in the refrigerator (unless recipe says too) 
  • Cook outdoors or use the microwave ... less energy used for cooking
  • Keep the over door closed when baking

Manage Air Conditioning & Heating

  • Clean or change air filters monthly.
  • Don't close vents in unused rooms if you have central air & heat. 
  • Close off unused rooms, if you have a window unit.
  • Use a programmable, Internet-connected thermostat. Earn a rebate from Austin Energy for purchasing and installing an internet-connected thermostat and an additional incentive to participate in smart energy savings events.
  • Using new high efficiency air conditioners will save you up to 40% less electricity than older models. 

Austin Energy have many more tips.  Do 1THING each day, and continue to do it. Saving Energy will Save You $$$ too!  Make each day a Happy #CutYourEnergyCostsDay

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