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Energy Saving Tips for Residences, Bathrooms
- In the bathroom replace worn washers in leaking faucets. One drop of water every second wastes 200 gallons of water a month.
- Install energy saving, low flow showerheads and flow restrictors on shower heads and faucets. Save 2 gallons of water per minute.
- Make short showers a habit. A five-minute shower uses a lot less water than a bath.
COMMERCIAL INFORMATION & TIPS
- Use cold water to run the garbage disposal. Save energy and help grind up grease which solidifies when cold and is washed away.
- Compare EnergyGuide labels when purchasing new energy efficient kitchen appliances.
- Use smaller appliances such as microwave ovens, toaster ovens, slow cookers and electric skillets which use less energy than large ovens and stoves when possible.
- Recommended temperatures for refrigerators is between 10° F and 42° F. For the freezer it is between 0° F and 5° F
- Dirty refrigerator coils use more energy and make your refrigerator work harder. Vacuum coils at least twice a year.
- Use dishwasher energy saving cool dry cycle or turn off after rinse cycle to save 40% energy usage.
Energy Saving Tips Home Based and Small to Medium Sized Businesses
SOURCES OF MORE INFORMATION
- In most businesses lamps account for as much as 35% of the monthly bill. Choose cost-efficient lamps for your business.
- Incandescent lights are not very efficient turning 85% of the energy used into heat instead of light.
- Black and white dot matrix or inkjet printers use 95% less energy than laser printers.
- Copiers use more energy per unit than any other kind of office equipment.
- Double-sided copying saves on paper costs reduces energy use and reduces waste.
- Use e-mail when ever possible to save on paper and printing costs.
- Include fax transmittal information on the first page or use stick-on transmittal memos instead of full sheets to save paper, toner and energy.
- Protect your home office with a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), a small battery - operated generator that plugs into your home power supply and gives you time to properly shut down equipment in the event of a power outage.
- UPS systems are available at electronics stores and computer manufacturers. Before you buy make sure what size you will need and that it is compatible with your equipment connectors and circuitry.
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