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Safety & Conservation

Use Less Energy

  1. Change your habits
  2. Make easy changes first

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Set thermostats for energy economy. Keep your thermostat on 78 in the summer and 68 in the winter. It is estimated that 1 degree F temperature change can reduce heating and cooling cost by 3-4%.
  • Keep cooling and heating systems working more efficiently by replacing filters monthly and cleaning coils annually.
  • Turn off lights whenever possible.
  • Keep fixtures clean.
  • Use energy efficient lighting such as compact fluorescence, T-8 fluorescent lighting, and high pressure sodium lighting.
  • Lower the temperature setting on your water heater to 120 degrees F.
  • Fix hot water faucet leaks.
  • Reduce phantom loads. Phantom Loads—the power supplies to your "instant on" TVs, computers and their peripherals, cordless phones, cell phone charges, clocks on microwaves and electric ranges, etc., are examples of "phantom loads" that steadily consume electricity whether you are using the device or not.
  • Take short showers instead of a bath.
  • Turn off your water heater when you go on vacation.
  • Did you know that the new big screen TVs and plasma TVs are great for watching your favorite moving or sports network, but they use as much electricity as an older style refrigerator? — about 850 kilowatt hours per year.
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