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Ten Easy Energy Savings Tips

I recently got a mailer from Power Tomorrow, a program that encourages a “greater energy-efficient commitment in our lives.” It broke down energy use by category:

The mailer also included some great energy savings tips. I’ve highlighted the easy ones here and added some additional ones:

  1. Lower your thermostat at night and when you aren’t home.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat to do the above automatically.
  3. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent [1] light bulbs.
  4. Turn off the TV and lights when not in use.
  5. Wash laundry in cold water.
  6. Buy Energy Star appliances.
  7. Use the air-dry setting [2] on the dishwasher.
  8. Switch providers [3] if you live in a state that allows competition between energy companies.
  9. To determine which appliances are the biggest energy users, check out a portable energy meter from the library.
  10. Save money on the largest category by trimming heating costs [4].

Extra Credit

If you made approved energy efficient changes last year, be sure to claim the energy tax credit [5] on your 2007 taxes.