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How to Save Energy at Home

101 Great Home Energy Saving Tips

How to Save Energy at HomeMaking your home more energy efficient will help you to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment.

Saving energy at home is easy. This book contains time-tested tips and energy-saving choices for reducing your home energy consumption:

The book covers the following areas:

* Cutting Heating and Cooling Costs
* Energy Efficient Use of Appliances.
* Saving Energy in the Kitchen
* Energy Efficient Home Lighting
* Energy Efficient Water Use

Here's just a small sample of the tips included:

About 95 percent of the energy used by a washing machine goes into heating the water. A machine with a cold rinse cycle will save some of that energy and cost you less to operate.
You'll use less electricity when running your washing machine if you select the shortest cycle and the coldest water temperature appropriate for the type of fabric being washed. Using the right amount of detergent is important, too, since over-sudsing can overwork the machine.

Because some fabrics require less drying time than others, try to run loads of similar fabrics in your clothes dryer.
Save energy by drying clothes in consecutive loads; the dryer retains heat from one load to the next.
Position a refrigerator where there's plenty of air circulation. A refrigerator uses more energy when located near a stove or a heating vent.
To lengthen the life of your refrigerator and increase the unit's efficiency, periodically vacuum the dust that collects on the coils at the back of the refrigerator.
Color television sets use almost twice as much electricity as black and white sets. If you have both, it will cost less to watch a black and white movie on a black and white set.
If you want a mini-TV that's truly portable, make sure it operates on both AC or DC current. However, if you don't plan to use it outdoors, consider getting a larger set, with a larger screen, that operates on household current only. Though still portable, it'll cost less than a true mini.

Before you buy any TV set, study the picture it produces under lighting conditions similar to those of the room in which you'll watch at home. If you're not satisfied with the picture, look at other sets.

Saving Energy in the Kitchen
Sensible use of pots and pans can save energy when you use your range. Fit the pot or pan to the burner; a small pot or pan on a large element wastes heat, and a large pot on a small element is inefficient.
Whenever practical, use small cooking appliances, such as electric frying pans, instead of your range. These small units are energy-efficient and throw less heat into your kitchen.
To conserve energy when using the stove top units on an electric range, turn off burners a short time before cooking is complete. With electric burners, the cooking process often continues for as long as 5 minutes after the burner is turned off.
You'll use less energy when cooking if you cook with as little water as possible; small amounts heat more quickly.
Another energy-saving tip: Put a lid on the pan you're using because water boils faster when covered.
To save on heat costs, don't turn on an element or burner until the pot or pan is on the stove. If you're going to simmer, turn down the heat as soon as the liquid reaches the boiling stage. Adjust the setting to just keep the contents boiling; a higher setting wastes energy. Copper and stainless steel cookware usually require lower heat settings than aluminum cookware.
It's important to keep pan bottoms dean because a layer of soot decreases heating efficiency on any type of stove. Shiny pans are particularly efficient on an electric range.

To save energy when using your oven, don't preheat it unless required. If you must preheat, put the food in as soon as the oven reaches the desired temperature. Cook as many items as possible at one time. Also, if you have a double oven, use the smaller one whenever possible.
Since a great deal of heat escapes each time you open the oven to examine what's cooking, you can conserve energy by minimizing the number of times you peek at the food inside. (During the summer, heat that escapes when you open the oven also puts extra strain on your air conditioner.
Try cooking food items in the oven-usable paperboard containers in which they're packaged.
You'll save from 10 to 20 percent of the oven energy normally required. The containers withstand temperatures up to 400°F. Don't, however, try to reuse them.

Ph self-cleaning oven will use less energy if you start the cleaning cycle right after cooking, when the oven will already be on its way to the high temperature needed for cleaning.
To conserve refrigerator and/or freezer energy by minimizing loss of cold air, plan ahead and put in or take out as many items as possible each time you open the unit.
Make sure your refrigerator is standing on the level; if it isn't! it may be working harder than necessary.
If you notice water standing in the bottom of your refrigerator, there may be an air leak around the door. To test the gasket, close the door on a dollar bill. If the bill pulls out easily, the gasket needs replacing.

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