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Energy Efficiency

 

 

 



ENERGY SAVING TIPS

  • Caulk and weatherstrip around windows and doors to stop air leaks
  • Seal gaps in floors and walls around pipes and electrical wiring
  • Change air filters monthly
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents – they use 75% less energy and last 10 times longer
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads
  • Fix any leaky faucets – one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month
  • Tune-up your heating and cooling system annually to keep it running as efficiently as possible
  • Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks
  • Add insulation to your attic, crawl space and any accessible exterior walls
  • Wrap your water heater with insulation or install an insulating blanket
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when replacing large or small appliances
  • Use power strips for home electronics and turn off power strips when equipment is not in use
  • Replace worn-out seals on your refrigerator and freezer
  • Reduce hot water use by taking shorter showers and using cold water for the rinse cycle in your washer
  • Turn off lights, televisions and other appliances when not in use
  • Clean refrigerator coils regularly to keep compressor running efficiently
  • Set the refrigerator temperature at 36° to 39° F and freezer at 0° to 5° F
  • Use the microwave when possible – it cooks faster and doesn’t create as much heat as a stove burner
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher’s heat drying option
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when full
  • Match the size of your pot or pan to the size of the burner
  • Make sure your dryer’s outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load
  • Keep all windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly
  • Keep heat sources such as lamps and appliances away from your thermostat
  • Consider replacing your older model refrigerator, especially if it's over 10 years old, with an ENERGY STAR refrigerator
  • Install foam gaskets behind electric-outlet and switch-plate covers
  • Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to minimize heat loss
  • Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator before cooking
  • Use the oven light to check on progress when cooking or baking
  • Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris or weeds
  • Use low-watt bulbs where lighting is not critical
  • Place floor lamps and hanging lamps in corners. The reflection off the walls will give you more light
  • Turn off outdoor lighting during the day. Try timer switches or photoelectric controls if the finger method is a bother
  • Keep your freezer full. The fuller the freezer, the less cold air you lose when opening the door
  • Use the self-cleaning cycle of your oven right after you finish baking. That will give it a head start in heating up
  • Hang on to appliance manuals so you can refer to them for care information and possible energy-saving tips

For more information on energy efficiency, to schedule a educational presentation or to participate in energy efficiency programs, contact our Member Services Department at extension 1174.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?*

Appliance

Avg. Kwh Used Annually

Avg. Cost Annually

Electric Furnace

13,200

$1,188

Heat Pump (per ton)

6,200

$558

Air-Conditioning (per ton)

1,500

$135

Dehumidifier

396

$36

Electric Blanket

150

$14

Water Bed Heater

900

$81

Attic Fan

300

$27

Ceiling Fan

130

$12

Box Fan

200

$18

Water Heater

4,200

$378

Water Pump

480

$43

Vacuum Cleaner

48

$4

Clock

24

$2

Clothes Dryer

996

$90

Clothes Washer

624

$56

Hand Iron

156

$14

Range w/ Oven

1,152

$104

Microwave Oven

300

$27

Frying Pan

192

$17

Coffee Maker

108

$10

Toaster

36

$3

Mixer

12

$1

Food Disposal

36

$3

Dishwasher

1,560

$140

Color TV

444

$40

Plasma TV

2,266

$204

Radio

108

$10

Personal Computer

335

$30

Fence Charger

48

$4

60 watt Incandescent Light bulb

66

$6

14 watt Compact Florescent Bulb

15

$1

16-25 cu ft. Refrigerator/Freezer (Auto Defrost)

2,160

$194

14-16 cu ft Refrigerator/Freezer (Manual Defrost)

1,200

$108

14 cu ft Refrigerator/Freezer (Auto Defrost)

1,800

$162

17-20 cu ft Refrigerator/Freezer (Efficiency Auto Defrost)

1,200

$108

Freezer (Chest) 15 cu ft (Auto Defrost)

1,800

$162

Freezer (Chest) 15 cu ft (Manual Defrost)

1,200

$108

*Average estimates based on .09 cents per Kwh.