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Energy Saving Ideas and Resources

Compact Fluorscent Light Bulbs

If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 2.5 million homes for an entire year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars! CFL's use at least 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light and last up to 10 times longer. CFL's save $30 or more in energy costs over each bulb's lifetime. CFL's generate 70 percent less heat , so they're safer to operate and can cut energy costs associate with home cooling. CFL's are available in different sizes and shapes to fit in almost any fixture indoors or outdoors.
Information obtained from ENERGY STAR; a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. www.energystar.gov

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats automatically adjust your home's temperature settings, allowing you to save energy while you're away or sleeping. Energy Star units offer 4 convenient pre-programmed temperature settings with can save up to 30% on energy bills.They are more convenient and accurate than manual thermostats and improve your home's comfort. Programmable thermostats contain no mercury. They save energy and save money on utility bills - when used properly, about $150 a year.They are better for the environment, since using less energy helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.
Information obtained from ENERGY STAR; a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. www.energystar.gov

Insulate Hot Water Heater

Adding insulation to your hot water heater's storage tank can reduce standby heat losses by 25%-45%. This can save 4%-9% in annual water heating costs. If your hot water heater is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation.Consider placing a piece of rigid insulation under the tank of your water heater or purchase an insulated blanket. This will help prevent heat loss into the floor saving an additional 4%-9% in heating costs. Reduce costs by simply lowering the thermostat setting on your water heater. For each 100F reduction in water temperature, you can save between 3%-5% in costs. When replacing or installing a new heater, consider an on-demand unit. These heaters provide hot water only as needed and since they are tankless, do not produce standby energy losses associated with conventional storage water heaters.
Information obtained from U.S. Department of Energy; A Consumer's guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy. www.eere.energy.gov/

Sustainable Forestry

When building your home, look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products that come from responsibly managed forests where environmental, social and economic interests are safeguarded. Purchasing lumber that is certified as coming from sustainable forests will help ensure that we do not eliminate supply but provide it for generations to come. One acre of FSC certified trees can supply enough wood to build 5.65/ 2,000 sq ft homes each year. Trees affect our environment in many ways including determining the amount of rainfall we receive. Trees naturally absorb Carbon Dioxide, a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, and naturally help clean the air. The average American uses 7 trees a year in paper, wood, and other products.
Information obtained from Forest Stewardship Council; The FSC label enables consumers to choose forest products with the confidence that they are not contributing to the destruction of the world's forests. By buying from certified sources you are providing an incentive for responsible forest management. www.fsc.org

Low Flow Showerheads

Showers account for 22%-30% of individual water use in North America. Low flow shower-headshelp reduce water waste, but don't lower shower head pressure. Advanced showerheads adjust to any water pressure and offer adjustable and pulsating spray pattern styles. Many draw air into the water stream creating a high velocity spray giving you the feel of a very full shower even with less water. If you have an older showerhead that can put out 4 gallons (or more!) per minute, that's 40 gallons for a 10 minute shower. if you replaced that with a recommended 2.2 gpm showerhead, your usage is reduced to 22 gallons for a 10 minute shower. That is a water savings of 45%. Saving 2 gallons of water per minute can save more than 6500 gallons of hot water per year. Saving 2 gallons of water per minute can generate an annual water and electric cost savings of nearly $275 per year.
Information obtained from The Energy Coalition of California; "Our mission is to empower consumers to make informed decisions about their energy use, and we accomplish this by forging close partnerships with and among cities, utilities, businesses, schools, individuals and other interested organizations". The Energy Coalition is a non-profit 501. www.energycoalition.org


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