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Energy usage is on the rise making it more important than ever to find ways to save energy. Even if you have installed alternative energy options such as solar power or wind power it is still important to watch your energy usage so your purchase can be cost effective. Finding ways to save energy can be as simple as replacing all of the light bulbs in your home or office with newer energy efficient light bulbs. When you wash clothes, choose cold water, because over ninety percent of the energy a washer uses goes into heating the water. During warm, sunny weather hang your clothes out on a clothesline. Not only will you save money by not running a dryer and eliminate a source of indoor heat, but you will find that the sun whitens and brightens clothes as well as saves on wear and tear. After all, dryer lint is produced by the process of your garments wearing out. Turning your computer off when it is not in use can save money and greenhouse gas emissions. The simple act of turning lights, television sets, computers and other electronic devices off when they are not in use is one of the easiest ways to save energy. Using fans, opening windows and lowering blinds is an easy way to lower your energy usage in the warm months. You can use several fans for a fraction of the amount of energy that one air conditioner uses. If you do use an air conditioner, take the time to maintenance it. Simple steps such as keeping leaves and debris away from the exterior condenser, keeping the condenser coils clean and replacing or cleaning the filter every other week can significantly reduce an air conditioner's energy usage.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|