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Friday, June 19, 2009

Make the First Day of Summer Your First Day of Energy Savings

10 Top Summertime Energy Efficiency Tips

The first day of summer is just around the corner -- June 21, 2009 -- the day of the summer solstice.

While you take advantage of summer to relax at the beach or by the pool, be sure to also take advantage of the warm weather and long sunny days to save some energy and lower your utility bills.

Here are a 10 simple steps to lowering utility bills through energy efficiency. You'll probably save money that you can use toward a vacation.
  1. Turn off the furnace.
  2. Clean or replace the air-conditioner filter.
  3. Set your air-conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit -- although senior citizens or people with medical conditions should consult their physicians before changing their normal home temperature.
  4. Set the water heater thermostat to its energy efficiency setting.
  5. Hang wash on a line to dry whenever possible.
  6. When using a clothes dryer, dry only full loads.
  7. Use cold water in your washing machine, and always wash full loads.
  8. With a dishwasher, wash only full loads and skip the drying cycle if the machine's instructions allow.
  9. Pull drapes and blinds and close doors and windows during the day to keep cool air in and hot air out, and open windows and drapes at night to let cool air in.
  10. Replace incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs).

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