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Utilizing a few easy to implement tips can save you money on your energy bills, and preserve our energy resources for future generations.

Tip 1- Gear Up For The Summer

- Keep doors and windows shut
- Check caulking around doors and windows
- Verify adequate insulation and ventilation in attic
- Keep curtains drawn to block out the sun
- Set thermostat at 78° or above in an occupied home
- Turn off or set thermostat at its highest setting in a vacant home
- Close vents and doors to rooms not in use (but be sure not to close more than 25% of the vents in your home)
- Use reflective coating on windows
- Use a whole house fan with open windows to remove stale hot air and reduce A/C usage

Tip 2- Get Ready For Winter
- Set thermostat no higher than 65° during the day, 55° at night
- Use an automatic set-back thermostat
- Turn off water heater when away for extended periods
- Turn off radiant ceiling heat at breaker (the thermostat does not always turn the system off)
- Limit use of portable and bathroom heaters
- Heat one room as your "warm room"

Tip 3- Heat Your Water More Effciently
- Lower the thermostat setting to 120° or "low"
- Replace worn washers in leaking faucets (a faucet that leaks one drop of water each second wastes 200 gallons of water a month)
- Insulate water heater with a water heater jacket (check manufacturer's specifications)
- Set your dishwasher on "energy saver" for drying

Tip 4- Turn Down Your Lights and Bills
- Turn off lighting when not in use
- Use low wattage bulbs whenever possible
- Use fluorescent lighting (a 40-watt fluorescent light will produce over twice the light of a 100-watt incandescent bulb and will also last longer -- using 60% less energy)

Tip 5- Improve That Energy Guzzling Refrigerator
- A manual defrost refrigerator will use less electricity than a frost-free refrigerator
- Refrigerators and freezers run most efficiently when filled to capacity
- A refrigerator or freezer in a garage (or similar warm place) may run constantly to keep food cold or frozen
- Make sure seals are intact, and replace any worn seals to prevent cold air from escaping
- Keep areas under and behind units clean from dust or animal hair
- Insulate pipes to reduce heat loss

Take these steps to save energy in your home and in our world. Your local utilities company also has resources that can help you to save energy, and will sometimes offer incentives for those that take steps to save energy.