Word on the Street

Theresa

Theresa Spurling-Wood, Conservation Analyst says,

“It is important to make sure you change your a/c filter monthly and have your system serviced once a year.”

ReThink Fall

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Be Energy Efficient in fall

About 80 to 85 percent of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes - use less water and use cooler water. Your clothes will be just as clean as using warm, or hot water and you'll save money by not heating water to wash clothes.

Check your ducts for air leaks. Look for joints that should be connected but have separated. Leaky duct work can increase your utility bill significantly.

Don’t forget about water either...

Water

If you wash dishes by hand, avoid running the water continuously; fill one sink with wash water and one with rinse water. That will save two hundred gallons a week for a family of four.

Check all washing machine hose connections for leaks. Fixing a leak can save five hundred gallons each month.

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving and save four gallons a minute. That is two hundred gallons a week for a family of four.

Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water when washing your car and save more than one hundred gallons of water. Try to wash your car on the lawn and not the pavement so excess water can return to the ground and not evaporate.

Did you know?

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To learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, click here and visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.