Energy Savings Tips

Posted by Madison on November 30, 2007

I often end up on subscription lists for various newsletters. One I noticed in my mailbox today was from Little Grad. It’s the Little Insights Newsletter. It had some great tips on energy savings:

College Saving Tip: Heating Water Energy

Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. A recent DOE (Dept Of Energy) study showed energy savings of 25% – 30% for water heating using such a system. If you save only $15 a month, you could save over $4,500 in 15 years. —

Did You Know: Air It Dry

If your dishwasher has an air-dry setting, choose it instead of the heat-dry setting. You’ll knock 15% to 50% off your energy use. If there’s no air-dry setting, turn the dishwasher off after its final rinse and open the door. The dishes will dry without using any extra electricity. —

I’m going to have to check on the drain water waste heat recovery system. When we built our house, we built an energy efficient green-built home, but I’m not sure if we have this recovery system. We do have some kind of hot water “loop” but I’m not sure exactly how it works.

Using the air-dry setting on the dishwasher, however, should be a relatively simple idea to put into action!

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Comments to Energy Savings Tips

  1. I hope to be able to buy a green-home in the future. I think they are a wonderful way to save resources and money. I recycle as much as I can and do other things to reduce energy use and waste – but there are just some things that are more difficult to implement after the house is built.

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂


  2. Great tips. I really like the dishwasher idea-save money and help the environment!


  3. @Patrick: Agreed, many of the energy efficiencies in our house could only be done while we built, not after. I’m glad we did them.

    @Shauna: Isn’t the dishwasher one great? It’s so easy to do!


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