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Winter Energy Saving Tips

Now that we are approaching the early part of winter, you can take some steps to reduce the amount of energy that you’re using to lower your bill. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Turn Back the Thermostat – Set your thermostat to 68°. Your heating system will operate less and use less energy.  You can also save from 450 – $125 a year by turning down your thermostat down 5° at night or when leaving your home for an hour or more. For a small investment, consider purchasing a programmable thermostat to adjust your home’s temperature settings automatically.
  2. Use power strips – Plug home electronics devices, such as TVs, computers, game devices and stereo equipment, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. Another step further would be to implement smart power strips to improve energy efficiency and reduce vampire power loss.
  3. Set Water Heater to 120° – Consider reducing your water heater to a cooler setting will reduce the amount of energy required to keep the water warm enough. A reduction of 10°F could result in a savings of 2 – 6% savings in water heating related costs.
  4. Wrap Your Water Heater – Purchase a water heater blanket, which is widely available at most hardware and home improvement stores. The Department of Energy states that this will save the average household around 4-9% of their annual total water heating costs (around $12 – $48 for most homes.)
  5. Clean Refrigerator Coils –  On an annual basis, refrigerator coils should be vacuumed and cleaned. Dirty coils can result in energy loss between 5% – 8%.
  6. Seal Building Leaks and Gaps  – Use weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors. This will be an inexpensive way to save on energy loss.
  7. Install Water-efficient Water Appliances – By installing low use shower heads and faucets, you can reduce hot water usage by up to 10%, which will be a savings of $5 – $25 per water appliance.
  8. Replace Furnace or Heat Pump Filter – Regularly replace dirty filters to improve airflow, which will improve furnace performance, which can result in a $25 – $50 annual savings.
  9. Properly Seal Duct Work – Properly seal ducts of a FHA (forced hot air) System to reduce energy loss.
  10. Switch to Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs – CFL’s can save up to $40 – $50 over the life of the bulb in energy costs.
  11. Smart Appliance Replacement – When appliances and electronic devices can not be repaired, choose a replacement that is Energy Star Compliant. These devices are tested to be more energy efficient than older models.
  12. Seal Fireplace Damper – To reduce heat loss, be sure to close damper when not in use. You can further reduce heat loss up the chimney by installing a chimney draft stopper.

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How to Use Power Strips to Save Energy

The Use of Power Strips to Reduce Extra Energy Costs

The plugging in of your electronic devices is a great way to reduce your energy expenditures. Switching power strips off when the connected devices are not in use can help cut costs by reducing the “energy vampires” that occur from electronic devices that continue to draw power when not in use. The devices that should be readily connected to Power Strips are:

  • Office Equipment (computers, printers and scanners)
  • Cell phone and PDA chargers
  • DVD players
  • Gaming Systems
  • Televisions and stereo equipment

You can take it one step further by us smart power strips.  Smart power strips automatically turn off electricity to all the things you don’t need — when you turn off your TV, a smart strip turns off power to DVD players, home theater components, cable boxes, game consoles and so on.  When you’re not using your computer, have it turn off your monitor, speakers, and printers. Save electricity, save energy, save your electronics!

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Eco-tips for the Office

Five eco-tips for the workplace:

Here are five tips to help make your work environment greener:

Reduce and reuse paper:

  • print and copy double-sided
  • Print drafts on unused reverse sides of paper
  • e-mail your documents as attachments
  • edit documents on screen rather than printing out and hand editing

Reuse boxes:

If you receive a box that is still in good condition, instead of discarding of the box, save it for a future outbound shipment. Simply remove previous shipping labels  and mark-out or cover any previous markings and you extended the life of the box.

Ditch the plastic styrofoam cups:

Get rid of the disposable throw-away cups- the one’s you use for coffee and water fill-ups. The one-use cups accounts for a great deal of office waste.  Simply bring your own cup and provide additional washable cups for visitors.

Switch Off:

The amount of energy wasted in the workplace accounts for over 15% of total energy usage. Items such as computers left on unattended, especially in the overnight hours. Cut your energy use by switching off your computers, copiers, printers and lights when not in use. Also, reduce your phantom energy loss be using smart power strips and/or unplugging unused devices. Remember lower energy bills also mean a better bottom line.

Turn down the heat this winter:

Your heating costs will go up by 8% each time you increase the temperature by just one degree. A 2°C increase in office temperature creates enough CO2 in a year to fill a hot air balloon. Lower the thermostat and your energy bills at the same time.

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