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Energy Saving Tips

Whether for a home or business, following simple energy saving tips will help save money.  These are tips which can be used year-round no matter what the weather is doing outside. Many people struggle with knowing exactly how to keep energy costs low, but using these tips will help you to become “smart energy savers.”

Reduce your electric bill in Fort Worth by hundreds of dollars per year by following simple energy consumption techniques.

Basic Tips:

  • Change your most-used light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. The more bulbs you change, the more you save.
  • Turn off lights when not in use.
  • Replace furnace filters every 30 days or so.
  • Check and, if necessary, add insulation, especially in your attic and the exterior and basement walls or crawl spaces in your home.
  • Most appliances continue to draw small amounts of power even when they are turned off. This "phantom" energy occurs in almost all appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereo equipment, computers, kitchen appliances and telephones with answering machines. Avoid this "phantom" energy usage by unplugging the appliance when it is not in use or using a power strip to turn off the appliance(s) when not in use.
  • Unplug rechargeable battery and cell phone chargers when not in use.

Heating and cooling account for the largest portions of a home’s energy consumption – almost 50% of a typical family’s electric bill. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling from 20% to 50%.

Hot and Cold Tips:

  • Use a fan even when your air conditioner is running so you can spread the cooled air more effectively throughout your home without having to adjust the thermostat.
  • Adjust your home's thermostat up two degrees in the summer.
  • In the summer, close curtains on the south and west facing windows during the hottest part of the day.
  • To save up to 12% on your energy bill, use a programmable thermostat.
  • Open drapes, blinds and curtains during the day to allow the sunlight to enter and warm your home. Close them at night to prevent the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Adjust your thermostat down two degrees in the winter.
  • Weatherize your home — caulk and weather strip doors and windows that may leak air.
  • Properly maintain and clean your home's heating equipment.
  • Keep fireplace doors and dampers closed when the fireplace is not in use.

Source: Louisville Gas & Electric

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