Today you hear a lot about saving energy, but in order to actually SAVE ENERGY, you must take a few precautionary steps. Saving energy is also good for your purse strings and it’s good for the environment as well. There are a number of ways to save, especially when it’s time to purchase new appliances.
Clothes washers that meet certain guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy can actually clean your clothes with 50% less energy than a standard washer. Many of the newer front loading machines are great energy savers. Remember to wash full loads and use cold water, whenever possible. Most clothes come out just as clean without the use of heated water.
Refrigerators manufactured before 1993 can be major energy hogs. Newer models cost about half as much to operate. Big factors are improved insulation and high efficiency compressors and defrost mechanisms. You can save even more by placing your refrigerator where there is space between the wall and the unit and making sure the seals are tight. It’s also best if the refrigerator is not next to the stove or in direct sunlight. Door dispensers for ice and cold water are a good idea. And don’t forget to clean the coils. They will work better when they are not gunked up with dust.
Other ways to save include sealing your home by closing up any space where air can leak in or out. This is especially true in the attic and around doors and windows as well as making sure your ducts are properly sealed. Programmable thermostats help keep your home comfortable by automatically adjusting your temperature settings. The right ceiling fan will also save you a bundle in heating and air conditioning costs by moving the air 20% more efficiently. It may cost a few extra coins up front, but energy saving products for your home pay off in the long run….both in saving energy and in your pocketbook!
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