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Save money and energy with these energy tips. Use the simple calculator to see how much energy and money you can save. Enter you house information first, and then click the commit buttons to see your savings in money and energy.


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 Savings Tips
 
Each tip consists of a savings percentage. Clicking on the “commit” buttons will generate a total percentage in savings as well as a dollar value.

5.5%
Replace existing light bulbs
Replace existing light bulbs with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs CFLs). They cost more, but use 75% less energy and last longer than regular light bulbs. If every home in the United States replaced just one bulb it would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for 1 year eliminating 300 lbs. Of CO2 per year - the equivalent of removing 7 million cars from the road.
 
0.5%
Turn off lights
Turn off lights when you leave the room or don't need them. Make a conscious effort to turn lights off when you leave the room, whether you are returning to the room shortly or not. Over time, the energy savings can add up.
 
1.8%
Take a shorter shower
Hot water heating accounts for about 13% of the energy use in an average home. Most people take showers that are 5-15 minutes long. If you take 5-7 minute showers you can save a bundle
 
3.6%
Low-flow shower head
Install a low-flow shower head. These can reduce flow by up to 60%. That saves water and the hot water heating bill.
 
4.1%
Old fridge
Many people have kept old fridges running either in the basement or vacation home. Unplug a second fridge when you don't need it, especially if it's more than 15 years old.
 
1.9%
Programmable thermostat
Purchasing a programmable thermostat lets you automatically adjust the temperature while you are at work or asleep. Turn it down 10-15 degrees for 8 hours to save 10% on your home heating.
 
1.9%
Turn down your thermostat in the winter
Turn down your thermostat by 2-3 degrees F in the winter. Putting on a sweater can really cut your home heating bill.
 
0.8%
Turn up your thermostat in the summer
Turn your programmable thermostat up 10-15 degrees F in the summer while you are at work, asleep o ron vacation to save 10% on your cooling bill.
 
4.5%
Leaky ducts
Seal and insulate the ducts in your forced air system if you have one. รก Leaky ducts are an important source of energy inefficiency in a home.
 
1.6%
Run ceiling fans in the summer
Install and run ceiling fans in the summer. They consume about 60 watts each compared to 3,500 for an air conditioner. Plan on raising the thermostat 4 degrees F while the breeze keeps you cool. Even if you have 4 fans running on high you save energy when the air conditioner is off.
 
4.0%
Add attic insulation
Add some attic insulation. Roofs should be insulated to a minimum of R-19 in the south and R-32 if you are in a northern location. This can be done by either a contractor or DIY.
 
2.8%
Replace fridge
Replace your old fridge, even if it's not broken. Your fridge, especially if it's more than 10 years old, uses 2 - 3X the energy of a new Energy Star fridge. The average fridge and freezer consumes 8% of the total home energy bill.
 
3.8%
Upgrade wall insulation
Upgrade your wall insulation to R-12. This is tough to do unless you are renovating, but it can make a big difference
 

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