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Saving Energy Equals Money Saved

There are three things that impact your energy bills:  how efficient your appliances are, whether or not your home has been weatherized, and your everyday habits.  Here are a few tips to get you started on your way to lower bills today: 
 
• Use a timer when plugging in cars
• Turn off lights and use energy efficient bulbs or smart lighting options like compact fluorescent lights (CLFs) or LED lights. 
• Turn off electronics including televisions, computers, and games when not in use.
• Use a warm blanket instead of space heaters
• Clean filters (furnace and dryer lint screen)
• Minimize heat tape use
• Don’t leave the refrigerator door open while deciding what you need.
• Save hot water by using low flow shower heads, low-flow aerators, variable flow valves and washing full loads of laundry in cold water.
• Put clear plastic on the inside of windows in winter to help keep the warm air inside.
• Dress warmly and lower the thermostat.
• Unplug appliances when not in use, or use power strips.
• Showers use less energy than baths.
• Turn down your hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
• Use the most efficient appliance.  For example, cooking in a microwave saves energy and time.
 
For more information on ways to save energy and useful tips, check out the following websites: 
• www.ahfc.us  and click on the “Save Energy” tab
• http://www.akenergyauthority.org/publications.html - see “Energy Saver Tips for Rural Alaska”
• http://www.uaf.edu/ces/energy/energyconservation/