Energy Saving Tips

Energy Links
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  1. Vectren Energy Recommendations
  2. Richmond Power & Light – Energy Star Info.
  3. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tips
  4. “Carbon Footprint” Calculator
  5. Automobile Energy Saving Tips:

Free – Things that cost nothing and save cash.

  1. Turn down water heater thermostat to 120 degrees.  (Seek professional assistance if you are not familiar with adjusting this setting on your water heater.)
  2. Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  3. Set thermostats to 68 degrees F in winter when you’re home and down to 62 degrees F when you go to bed.  (Programmable thermostats do this automatically – see below.)
  4. Use energy-saving settings on washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, computers, televisions, DVD players, CD players, and VCRs, etc.
  5. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils once a year.
  6. Repair leaky faucets and toilets (five percent of water “use” is leakage.)
  7. Move furniture away from the air registers, allowing for the free flow of cooled or heated air.
  8. Use cold water rinses whenever washing clothes.  About 80-85% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water.

Things that will pay for themselves in lower energy bills in less than a year.

  1. Install a water-saving 2.5 gallon-per-minute showerhead. ($15)
  2. Install water-efficient faucet heads for your kitchen and bathroom sinks ($2 each).
  3. Install a programmable thermostat. ($25-50)
  4. Plug air leaks a small animal could crawl through in the attic and basement, and replace and re-putty broken window panes (about $20).
  5. Clean or change the air filter on your warm-air heating system during winter and on air conditioning units in the summer ($2).
  6. Install an R-7 or R-11 water heater wrap on units older than 10 years ($12).
  7. Insulate the first three feet of hot and inlet cold water pipes ($6).
  8. Install a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb in the fixture you use the most ($3).  Increasing your lighting efficiency is one of the fastest ways to decrease your energy bills.  If you replace 25% of your lights in high-use areas with compact fluorescents, you can save about 50% of your lighting energy bill.*

Source: Rocky Mountain Institute (amounts are approximate costs for the products).

  *Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs can greatly reduce energy usage.  CFLs are mainstream and can be purchased at most “do-it-yourself” stores and supermarkets.  CFLs screw in just like “regular” incandescent bulbs.  Realize immediate savings, especially in the winter when the nights get longer.  CFLs cost no more than a large bag of Doritos – place one in the shopping cart each trip to the store – you can have a 100% compact fluorescent house in no time.  CFLs also last much longer than standard bulbs.