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Simple Ways to Save on Energy (Part 3)


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.

  • Fix leaky faucets - one drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.
  • Invest in weather-stripping kits if you have got drafty doors.
  • Trade you standard candescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of months, consume little power and generate little heat.
  • neighborhoodTurn off your computer when not in use, or use the energy-saving "sleep" mode.
  • Unplug charging cords for rechargable items (phone, toothbrush, shaver, etc.) when not in use.
  • Seal energy leaks. Caulk over cracks and small holes around windows and exterior walls. Look carefully around plumbing pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, sink and bathtub drains and under countertops.
  • Participate in your power company's special energy-saving program. Some programs shutdown electric appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You hardly notice the difference - except in your bill.
  • Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Consider a front-loading washing machine. They use 50 percent less energy and one-third less water. Plus, they remove far more water in the rinse cycle, and that translates into big savings in dryer time.
  • When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than on how it looks. Light-colored roof, such as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.
  • Contact or visit the web site(s) for the Oregon Energy Trust and Northwest Energy Alliance.
  • Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.


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