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Susan S. Kaplan

Susan S. Kaplan

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources

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It’s still summer, and the sunny months bring a lot of heat.  During these few months, you may be inclined to turn up your air conditioner or turn on some extra fans, but doing this only increases your electricity bills and wastes energy.  This summer, take a look at this list of energy saving tips to not only keep you cool, but keep your lifestyle cool and green.  Here’s the first ten of this season’s tips.

  1. Surprise! Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Then let dishes air-dry to save even more!
  2. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away.
  3. Dry your laundry on a line, inside or outside.
  4. Unplug electronic devices and chargers when they aren't in use, or turn your smart strip off; most new electronics use electricity even when switched "off."
  5. Replace air conditioner filters; dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, work harder, and use more energy.
  6. Open your windows during the early morning, or late at night when it’s coolest outside.  And close them when the sun starts coming up to lock cool air inside.
  7. Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun.
  8. Close your drapes or shades during sunny hours.
  9. Look at the operating hours for your swimming pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep – if you’re lucky enough to have a pool – and shorten the operating time if possible.

Follow our Energy Smarts Twitter account, @EnergySmarts, for updates on what you can do to help conserve energy this summer, and beyond.

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