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Energy Saving Tips


In a perfect world, everyone could go solar—and they would! But in reality, not everyone's homes are suitable for solar. Maybe you live in the woods, or you may not even own your own home.

But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the electric savings! You can still lower your power bill substantially with some of the tips listed below from the Department of Energy:

Attic
The attic is one of the places where you often find the biggest air leaks, which can increase your energy bills and make you uncomfortably hot in summer and cold in winter. It is also a place that is generally accessible, making it easier to air seal and insulate to improve your home's comfort and overall energy performance.

Ducts
Look for holes, tears, and other signs of leaking ducts and seal them using mastic or metal (foil) tape (never use 'duct tape,' as it is not long-lasting). Insulate all the ducts you can access (such as those in the attic, crawlspace, unfinished basement, or garage).

Attic Hatch or Door
Weather strip and insulate your home's attic hatch or door to help keep your home more comfortable and save energy. You can do this with weatherizing materials and insulation or with a pre-made attic cover available from local home improvement centers and on the web.

The exterior of your home — the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor — is called the "envelope" or "shell." Sealing and insulating — done by a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor — can save more than $200 a year in heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on total annual energy bills). It will also make your home more comfortable and help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

TV/DVD Combo
Look for the ENERGY STAR on consumer electronics products. Qualified products use less energy without sacrificing quality or performance.

Outlet
Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.

Vanity Lights
Replace your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR and save $70 each year in energy costs.

The bathroom vanity is one of the highest-use fixtures in the average home. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs provide bright, warm light, use less energy, and generate less heat than standard lighting. Keep in mind that high humidity can shorten the life of CFLs. To avoid moisture problems, control humidity in your bathroom by running your ventilating fan during and 15 minutes after showers and baths. You can find ENERGY STAR qualified fixtures in hundreds of popular styles, including vanity lighting, at home improvement and hardware stores, lighting showrooms, and other retail stores including online outlets.

Pipes
To save energy and reduce drafts, use spray foam or caulk to seal holes around penetrations, such as pipes, wiring, vents or recessed lights, that go through the home to the outside, attic, crawlspace, or an unfinished basement.

The exterior of your home — the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor — is called the "envelope" or "shell." Sealing and insulating — done by a knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor — can save more than $200 a year in heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on total annual energy bills). It will also make your home more comfortable and help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

Power Strip
Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point when you are done using equipment.

Even when turned off, electronic and IT equipment often use a small amount of electricity. U.S. households spend approximately $100 per year to power devices while they are in a low power mode, roughly 8 percent of household electricity costs. Using a power strip for your computer and all peripheral equipment allows you to completely disconnect the power supply from the power source, eliminating standby power consumption.

Power Adapter
Unplug battery chargers or power adapters when equipment is fully charged or disconnected from the charger.

Multi-Function Device
Save energy and space with an ENERGY STAR qualified multi-function device that combines several capabilities (print, fax, copy, scan). Make sure power management features are enabled for additional savings.

Call Solar Wolf Energy today for a free in-home consultation on energy saving products. We look forward to assisting you and your family lower energy consumption in your home. Also ask us about how to make your AC system work half the time!

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Ted "The Wolf" Strzelecki
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