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Saving Energy - Practical Energy Conservation Tips

Practice Energy Conservation To Reduce Your Energy Bills

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Saving energy means more dollars in your pocket, but it is also a green initiative that we can all practice to save our valuable resources and be kinder to our environment. Here are a few energy conservation tips to help you save money in energy costs while enjoying your home appliances:

Smart Meters & Time of Use Electricity Rates

While we can understand why some states and provinces have developed smart meter initiatives to encourage consumers to use less electricity and to use it when demand is low, for the consumer - it's often a challenge to reschedule tasks to a cheaper time of day and even more challenging to find ways to minimize the effects of time of use electricity prices. First of all, you need to understand new terms such as smart meter, time of use rates and then look for ways to mitigate energy increases. My tips can help.

Saving Energy While Cooling or Keeping Your Home Comfortable For the best energy savings, buy EnergyStar compliant cooling appliances. Air Conditioners and Energy Conservation

Though you can often keep a room comfortable with simple measures such as closing drapes or operating circulating fans, there are times when these efforts are just not enough and extreme heat can cause serious health concerns. Choosing the right air conditioner can save you energy dollars. But before you start shopping for an air conditioner, take time to read about the different types, features and compare prices to shop wisely. Reducing Your Heating Costs
  • Learn the difference between energy-saving convection heaters and standard baseboard heaters
  • In colder seasons, turn down your thermostat slightly; every degree can save up to 5% in heating costs.
  • Fully or partially closing drapes can reduce drafts and help to keep the room warmer - reducing heating costs.
  • Research which heating fuel type is more economical in your area and consider heating alternatives such as wood, wood pellets or other fuel-burning options
  • Clean or replace furnace air filters once a month. Not only will this improve efficiency, but it will also help allergy sufferers.
  • Ensure floor registers and baseboard heaters are not blocked by furniture, carpets or drapes, limiting effectiveness.
  • Guest room not in use? Adjust the thermostat until needed.
  • Plug and seal the chimney flue of a fireplace that is never used; keeps heat from going up the chimney.
  • Installing tempered glass doors on a fireplace can also reduce heat loss and improve efficiency.
  • Reduce drafts by insulating electrical outlet and switch cover plates
  • Small portable heaters are great for short-term use, but for long-term needs, consider installing a baseboard heater which draws less energy.
  • If you have bare floors, an area rug can 'cozy' your feet.
  • Older thermostats are less efficient than newer ones, and you'll recover the cost quickly.
  • Programmable thermostats allow you to customize temperature settings according to when you use the room.
  • Is your ceiling fan on the correct setting for the best winter warm air circulation?
    See Which Way Should the Ceiling Fan Rotate?
  • Check out efficiency features of a Heating product before buying.
  • Read more about heating products and resources
Major Appliance Energy Conservation
  • Wrap your hot water tank with an insulated tank 'blanket', they can reduce heat loss by 18%. Note: These are not recommended for oil or gas fired tanks, and are for electric hot water tanks.
  • Consider a tankless or 'on demand hot water unit.
  • Replacing your hot water tank? Consider a smaller one.
  • Take showers more often than baths, they use half the energy a hot bath uses.
  • Turn off the breaker to the hot water tank when going on vacation.
  • Install a 24-hour mechanical timer on your water heater and schedule when it is on. Read my GE Timer review and installation tips.
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