Wednesday, October 15, 2008
According to the Clark Public Utilities, here are 6 tips on how to save on energy:
1. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Also turn off unnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with CFLs instead of overhead lights.
2. Install an Energy Star programmable thermostat for comfort and energy savings. Program the thermostat to the lowest setting that is comfortable to, recommended temperature is 68 degrees. For every degree that you lower the temperature in an eight hour period, you save 1-2 percent on the heating part of your bill.
3. Caulk small holes and cracks around plumbing pipes, recessed lighting, exhaust fans, dryer vents, sink and bathtub drains and even under counter tops. Check weather stripping on exterior doors and replace if needed.
4. If you have fireplace that is regularly used, install a fireplace insert. They improve fireplace efficiency by blowing heat from the fire into the room and limiting the amount of and conditioned air lost up the chimney. They're equipped with glass or metal doors, outside combustion air vents and heat circulation blowers. Be sure to check the manufacturer's safety specifications and make sure the fireplace insert is compatible with the existing chimney of vent flue.
5. Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
6. when possible, wash clothes in cold water. A large percentage of the energy used is washing clothes goes to heating the water.
If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me anytime! Gabriel Pratoussy, 360-772-1854 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Gabriel Pratoussy at 10:46 AM