Easy, Energy Saving Tips...
* Change your websites to have dark/black backgrounds to save wattage energy.
* Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) and save 75% of lighting costs.
* Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator!
* Take steps to cut water use such as installing faucet aerators, low flow shower heads, and low flush toilets. As much as 19% of California electricity is used to pump, transport and treat water.
* Just a 5% higher setting on your AC thermostat will save you about 10% on cooling costs.
* Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees or the "Normal" setting when home and to the lowest setting when away for a few days.
* When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy use in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
* Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut, and closing shades during the day.
* Make sure your dryer's outdoor vent is clean and clear. Clean the lint filter after every load.
* When shopping for a new dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when clothes are dry.
* Test for air leaks near windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches and other locations where there is a possible air path to the outside. Be sure to caulk, seal or weather strip where needed.
* Manager the power on all computers and ensure that they are turned off every night. Note: Laptops use 90% energy than most desktop computers.
* Inhibit the potential for mold growth by installing ventilation fans in bathrooms and by using a properly sized dehumidifier to keep basements at an appropriate humidity levels.
* Consider low- or no-VOC products for painting and remodeling projects.
* To reduce dust mites that can trigger allergy and asthma attacks, dust and vacuum regularly, wash bedding, and use allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers.
* If it’s time to change the break room floor, opt for linoleum instead of vinyl. Linoleum is made from all-natural resources, while vinyl is made from petroleum.
* On your next move, try using old newspapers to wrap fragile items, and then recycle the paper when you unpack. Wrap pieces of furniture and art with blankets to ensure they do not get damaged during the move instead of packing them in foam.
* In these fuel-conscious times, when consumers may think twice before cranking the AC, one alternative is a solar powered car ventilator. Susita makes a model called the TO-230. It's basically a small fan weighing 1-1/2 pounds that goes on top of a car window, with a solar panel facing outward
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