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Archive for Energy Saving Tips

Attic Ventilating

“Have you ever thought about installing an attic ventilator? An attic ventilating system draws cool air up through the house and can provide the same level of comfort as an air conditioner at a much lower cost. Pump in cool air during summer evenings then seal your home during the day. Attic ventilation can help […]

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Pet Hair Build Up!

“Pets shed during the spring – when dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned so that air can circulate freely.” (http://www.wmgld.com)

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Take Care of Your Vehicle

“Maintain Vehicle Efficiency: Regular maintenance as prescribed by the vehicle owner’s manual will help your vehicle achieve its best fuel economy. Some overlooked maintenance items, such as a dirty air filter and under-inflated tires, can increase your fuel cost up to 13%. When replacing your tires, replace them with the same make and model as […]

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Lighting in the Workplace

“Adjust lighting to your actual needs; use free “daylighting.” This means turn off or dim your lights when daylight is adequate, or use automatic “daylight dimming” ballasts/controls to do this for you. To prevent computer screen glare, eyestrain, and headaches, use limited “task lighting” and do not “over-light” the area. Too much light can be […]

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New Energy Star Homes

“ENERGY STAR certified new homes are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes. A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to […]

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Insulating Your Basement

“Even though hot air rises, homes lose heat in all directions. So besides insulating the top and sides of your house, you also need to insulate the bottom, where as much as 30% of energy loss can occur. Stopping this loss can save up to $170 per year off heating and cooling costs.” (houselogic.com)

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New Home Insulation

“In most climates, you will save money and energy when you build a new home or addition if you install a combination of cavity insulation and insulative sheathing. Reduce exterior wall leaks by taping the joints of exterior sheathing and caulking and sealing exterior walls. Cavity insulation can be installed at levels up to R-15 […]

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Are Your Light Bulbs Efficient?

“If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped for a bulb, you’ll notice a new generation of ENERGY STAR qualified light bulbs. NYSERDA has created a web site focused on tools and information to help make your light bulb shopping quick and painless. Visit  http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/bulbology to brush up on your ‘bulbology’ and learn how to […]

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Lighting-Energy Tip of the Day 02/13/13

“Keep lights and lighting fixtures clean, especially if you’re reducing the number of lights you use. Dirt absorbs light. Let lights cool before cleaning them and never touch halogen bulbs with your bare hands. The oil from your skin can greatly damage the bulbs. Use a small piece of paper to hold the bulb.” (nvenergy.com)

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Vehicle-Energy Tip of the Day 02/01/13

“Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road.” (epa.gov)

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Energy Tip of the Day 1/2/13

“In an electric oven, you can turn the heat off several minutes before your food is fully cooked. As long as the oven door remains closed, enough heat will be stored inside to finish cooking your meal. The same principle applies to your electric range-top – the metal heating elements stay hot even after the […]

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Energy Tip of the Day 1/1/13

“Recycle old newspapers by making rolled paper logs for your fireplace. Roll newspaper sheets around a broom stick until your log is the desired size, then soak your log thoroughly in water. Dry the log overnight and use like ordinary wood. Always follow proper safety precautions when burning anything around your home.” (epa.gov)

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Energy Tip of the Day 12/28/12

“Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road.” (epa.gov)

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