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Here are some easy tips and interesting facts to help maximize the electric energy savings in your home.
• Use Energy Star®-Qualified light fixtures, as well as the CFL bulbs that go in them, especially for the high traffic areas in your home.
• To save the most energy and money, replace your highest used fixtures or the light bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR® models. The five highest use fixtures in a home are typically the kitchen ceiling light, the living room table and floor lamps, bathroom vanity, and outdoor porch or post lamp.
• Use dimmer switches to avoid lighting a room more than you need to.
• Turn off lights that aren't in use.
• Use motion and/or light sensors for outdoor lights..
• Install solar lighting for paths and gardens.
• Use programmable timers. Automatic on/off switches for indoor and outdoor lighting help to extend product life while minimizing energy use.
Bathroom Vent Fans
• Use the bathroom vent fan to control moisture in the air when you shower and bathe, as well as help prevent against mold or mildew growth.
• Run your fan for 15 minutes after showering. The mold and mildew preventative measures more than make up for the minimal power usage.
• Energy Star®-Qualified vent fans use more than 70% less energy than standard models and provide better efficiency and comfort with less noise, and use high performance motors that work better and last longer than motors used in conventional models.
• Cooling your house in the summer by exhausting hot air from the attic and pulling cooler outside air inside can save you on air conditioning.
• Improved air flow in your attic space will keep your roof cooler and help prolong the life of your roof shingles.
• Plug electronics products into a power strip to provide a central turn-off point for when electronics are not in use.
• Using a power strip instead of a wall outlet will save you roughly 2% on your annual electric bill.
• Set your water heater thermostat at 120-degrees or lower.
• Wrap electric water heaters in an insulating jacket.
• When away for a long period of time, set your hot water heater to the "away" or "vacation" setting.
• Insulate all hot water pipes, as well as the first 5-10 feet of cold water piping (supplying the water heater).
• Insulating pipes reduces the heat loss or gain and helps save energy.
• If your pipes have a lot of short bends, try using foam tape insulation for easy installation.