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47 Tips on Saving Energy and Money from CUB and TVA
Where Your Energy Dollar Goes!
Air Conditioning Tips:
- If you're gone for an extended period, turn your air conditioner off.
- Keep your air conditioner filters clean. Replace the fiberglass ones and wash out the aluminum ones.
- Keep air vents clear of obstructions.
- Close the drapes on the sunny side of the house during the day.
- Leave storm windows and doors in place when the air conditioner is on.
- Set the thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature in summer.
Even a 1 degree change can save money.
- If you cool with window units, place them on the north side of the house
when possible, clear vents of obstructions, shut doors to unused rooms, and
close floor or wall registers used for heating.
- Set the thermostat to 55 degrees if you're going to be gone for a few days.
That will keep the pipes from freezing.
- In winter, when you're home, keep the thermostat at the lowest
- Keep all doors and windows closed when the heat is on.
- Open drapes on the sunny side of the house. Close them at night.
- Keep heating vents clear of obstructions.
- Turn off heat and close doors to unused rooms if you have individual
- Be sure you have an energy efficient water heater.
- Set the water heater thermostat at 140 degrees if you have an electric
dishwasher or to 120 degrees if you do not.
- Insulate the pipes going into and out of the tank. Add an
insulated blanket around your water heater if it is an older model.
- Turn the water heater off when you're gone longer than a weekend.
- Wash full loads of clothes in the coolest water possible. Rinse
clothes in cold water.
- A low-flow shower head can reduce water use by 50-70 percent.
- Fix leaky faucets. One drip per second equals 200 gallons a month.
- Drain a gallon of water once a year through the faucet at the bottom of
the water heater. This removes sediment that decreases energy
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
- Compact fluorescent lamps can replace bulbs in most table lamps and will
save up to 75 percent in lighting energy, produce more light, and last up to
ten times longer.
- For more light, use one large bulb rather than several small ones.
A 100-watt bulb produces more light with less energy than two 60-watt bulbs.
- Tungsten-halogen incandescent bulbs cut lighting costs by 15 percent.
- Use low-watt bulbs where lighting is not critical.
- Dimmer switches are actually smarter.
- Place floor lamps and hanging lamps in corners. The reflection off
the walls will give you more light.
- Take advantage of the daylight.
- Turn off outdoor lighting during the day.
- Turn off all lights, TV's, stereos and radios if no one will be in the
- Vacuuming the coils on your refrigerator every three months will keep
the condenser running better and energy costs lower.
- Keep the temperature between 36 and 40 degrees in the refrigerator and 0
to 5 degrees in the freezer.
- Cool foods to room temperature before placing them in the refrigerator
unless the recipe specifies otherwise.
- Place the refrigerator away from the stove, dishwasher, heat vents, and
- Keep the freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air
you lose when opening the door.
- Defrost manual-defrost refrigerators or freezers when the frost becomes
- Plan meals so several things can cook at the same time in the oven.
Avoid opening the door until the food is done.
- Try using a pressure cooker. It can cut the cooking time of a
regular pot on a burner by one-third.
- While a microwave is great for reheating leftovers, takeout foods or
cooking a single dish, a conventional oven may be more economical if you're
cooking several items.
- Baking or microwaving defrosted food uses one-third less energy than
starting with frozen food.
- If you're going to clean your oven, use the self-cleaning cycle right
after you finish baking. That will give the self-cleaning cycle a head
start in heating the oven.
Clothes Dryer and Dishwasher Tips:
- Besides cleaning your lint filter after every load, make sure you dry
full loads of clothes without overloading.
- Stop the dryer as soon as clothes are dry. Overdrying wastes
energy and sets in wrinkles.
- Dry loads one right after another. You'll use less energy because the
dryer is already heated.
- Select a cycle with no final drying time or stop the dishwasher after
the final rinse.
- It's always a good idea to hang on to appliance manuals so you can refer
to them for care information and possible energy saving tips.
Source: TVA Brochure - "Vacuuming Your Refrigerator with the
Drapes Closed and 47 Other Bright Ideas"
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