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Lighting and Plug-Ins

  1. Monitor the Electricity You Use Look at you utility bills each month. They usually report the amount of energy use per month and graph it. Soon, smart meters will allow you to view your usage in real time. You will be able to monitor hourly charge rates and plan your usage during the hours of best rates. For example, in the summer months, electricity rates are highest during the afternoons. The lowest rates are typically during the late night hours. If you have an electric car, you be able to recharge your car batteries during the time of cheapest rates.

    Today, you can purchase an energy monitor that plugs in between your wall socket and a load device, such as television. It will tell you how much the load costs to use.

    P3 Kill a Watt Energy Monitor
    P3 Kill a Watt Energy Monitor
  2. Real Time Whole House Electricity Monitor Another type of energy monitor checks your whole house at once. Without splicing into high voltage electrical wires, this device clamps to your electric use meter. The monitoring device checks all your loads, including lights and appliances that are wired directly to your house. It can tell how many dollars per hour you use at any given time, as wells over time. There several great whole house monitoring products available. Look for Wattson Meters™, PowerCost Monitor™, and The Energy Detective™ (TED® ) to name a few. View the funny video on how TED can save money.

  3. Install Inserts for Recessed Lights Recessed canister lights leak air into the attic from the living area. These may replaced entirely with new, airtight canisters that are rated for insulation contact. Your friendly electrician friend may help with a beer offer.

    A simpler, less expensive option is to fill each of these canister lights with as insert that provides as air seal and a plug-in compact fluorescent light bulb.

  4. Control Your Lights We talk a lot about this on our Home Automation page. However, simple timers can be used for outdoor security lights, indoor lights used regularly, and night lights.
  5. Limit Vampire Voltages Any device that has a wall cube (AC adapter) uses electricity even when the load is in standby mode (turned off). Connecting these wall cubes to a power strip and then turning it off when you are done using the devices, such as your computer, saves a lot of electricity. For PCs (personal computers) for under $20 you can get a device that plugs in to your USB port that shuts off all your peripherals (such printer, speakers, and modem) when the PC is turned off. When the PC is turned back on, the other devices turn on also.
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Appliances

  1. Use Energy Star Rated Appliances
  2. Upgrade Your Fridge
  3. Monitor Fridge Temperature
  4. Use a Front Loading Washer
  5. Use a Clothesline to Dry Clothes
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Hot Water

  1. Install a Low-Flow Faucet Spigot
  2. Control Water Flow A controlled flow faucet head can have a switch that can be shut off momentarily, while pulling the next dish to wash. You can switch the water on and off with one finger, while keeping the temperature and flow constant.

    A Faucet Aerator Switch controls water flow
    Switchable Water
  3. Replace the Shower Heads
  4. Lower Water Temperature
  5. Wrap Water Heater in Blanket
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Heating and Cooling

  1. Reduce the Need
  2. Get an Automatic Thermostat
  3. Seal Off Your Chimney
  4. Shade Your Windows
  5. Clean Your Heating and Cooling System
  6. Your Ideas Here

Fixing Leaks

  1. Check Shower Diverter Valve
  2. Check Pipes to the Toilet
  3. Insulate Your Pipes
  4. Maintain Your Water Heater
  5. Seal Gaps Inside
  6. Seal Outlets and Switches
  7. Sealing Around the Chimney
  8. Sealing Attic Leaks
  9. Your Ideas Here

Insulation

  1. Add Insulation to Attic
  2. Insulating Walls
  3. Insulate Basement Ceiling
  4. Insulate Craw Space
  5. Your Ideas Here

Windows and Doors

  1. Add Weather-Stripping to Old Windows
  2. Add Sash Cord Pulley Covers
  3. Add a Door Sweep
  4. Weather-Strip Your Doors
  5. Your Ideas Here

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Home Efficiency Tips