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Simple Ways to Save on Energy (Part 1)

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Want to help the environment and save money this winter? Here are some great ideas for saving money and “going green”. Look for “simple ways to save energy” every day during the month of November on the BDS Blog.

  • Get a home energy audit every couple of years with your power company to find ways to cut costs.
  • HouseHave a professional test your duct system for air leaks. The Energy Department says gaps, cracks and disconnections in home duct systems are responsible for losing 25% to 40% of the energy generated by the furnace, heater or air conditioner.
  • Get your heating system professionally cleaned and tuned to reduce the chance of breakdown midwinter. This simple step improves safety and pays for itself through greater efficiency.
  • Consider heating your home with a passive solar heating system. Passive systems make use of home design and climate and forgo the need for pumps, fans and electrical equipment.
  • Insulate your water heater. This will pay for itself in about a year. Be careful not to set the thermostat above 130F for electric water heaters with an insulating jacket or blanket – the wiring may overheat.
  • Check with your utility company for rebates whenever you install energy-saving equipment.
  • Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine and close them at night to hold in heat. Remove awning from sun-exposed windows in cold months. Prune any trees or shrubs that block sunlight.
  • Install storm doors.
  • Heat only those rooms that are in use.
  • Keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. Turn off heat when the fireplace is being used.

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Nick Littlejohn

November 4, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Any utility customer could also contact Energy Trust for a free home energy review, 10 free energy saving lightbulbs, free massaging showerheads and faucet aerators.

NW Natural, PGE and Pacific Power also have great energy saving resources on their websites as does Energy Star:

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