Saving energy is becoming a priority for everyone these days. The world is going through a decisive period, where everybody has to do his or her part in order to save and restore what we have so irresponsibly wasted in the past.
This year 2010, choose to favor life, and your budget, by following these 8 tips to save energy and to contribute to the world’s wellbeing:
1. Get compact fluorescent bulbs
These are the saving alternative for traditional light bulbs, because they will save lots of energy and money annually. Try to use the lowest watt capability that you need for each light’s purpose and you will save even more.
2. Change the thermostat
If you have neglected changing your thermostat, it is time to do it. Get a programmable thermostat, install it, and please, don’t forget to program it; you can save over $100 per year.
3. Prefer low flow models
Take the time to replace your shower and toilets for low flow models that use much less water but work just as well as the traditional ones.
4. Wash clothes with cold water
It is no longer necessary to use the hot cycle, because the new laundry detergents work perfectly with cold water, helping you save tons of energy and money.
5. Clean the lint filter
If your dryer’s lint filter is dirty, it will lose efficiency and will be forced to use more energy to perform, thus increasing your bill. Cleaning the lint may take you about two minutes or less, so there is no excuse.
6. Reduce the hot water heater’s temperature
Set it to 120 degrees instead of the normal 140. You won’t feel the difference, guaranteed! Well, that’s not completely true; there will be a difference… in your bill.
7. Unplug appliances
If you leave appliances plugged, even when they are not in use, they are consuming a lot of energy. You can save as much as $160 a year if you unplug your plasma TV every night. Do it for other appliances as well and be pleasantly surprised every time your bills arrive.
8. Replace and repair
Replace old technologies for new ones that are designed to save energy, for example, the water heater, windows, and exterior doors. Repair the appliances that are worth it; you can very easily save a lot of energy and money by doing so.
Talk to your interior designer in Seattle and ask her about the best ways to make your home energy-efficient without sacrificing the homey feeling that makes it so special. It is absolutely possible, completely necessary, and amazingly satisfying.
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