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STAY IN HOT WATER FOR LESS Next to heating and
cooling, your water heater uses the most energy – and
offers the most opportunities to save. Follow these hints to
get the most from it:
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Insulate your water heater and the first 6 feet of
your hot water pipes with easy-to-use blankets and
wraps available at many home improvement stores
(follow manufacturer recommendations).
Locate the water heater close to where you use
the most hot water, avoiding long pipe runs that
lose heat.
Set the thermostat at the temperature the
manufacturer suggests. Most users find 120° to
be adequate.
Drain a bucket of water from the bottom of the
tank periodically to remove sediment. Consult
manufacturer’s recommendations.
If you go on vacation, turn the
temperature selector to the
lowest setting.
Take showers instead of baths and save about 50
percent of the energy.
Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
The pressure will stay the same, but water use will
decrease.
Repair leaky faucets. A faucet leaking a drop per
second can lose 650 gallons – and the money to
heat them – in a year.
Don’t run water while shaving or
doing dishes. Fill up the sink and use
the drain plug.
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Install low-flow shower heads.
The pressure will stay the same,
but water use will decrease.
Repair leaky faucets. A faucet
leaking a drop per second can lose
650 gallons — and the money to
heat them — in a year.
Take showers instead of baths
and save about 50 percent of
the energy.
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A BETTER LAUNDRY LIST Whether you’re washing,
drying or ironing, these tips will help you use electricity as
efficiently as possible and reduce your energy costs.
10 Wash full loads only, or use a small load setting.
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Choose the lowest appropriate water temperature.
Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water
detergents.
Always rinse with cold water. It works
just as well and saves energy.
If you are in the market for a new washer, consider
buying front-loading equipment. These units use
35 percent less water and 55 percent less energy to
wash clothes than regular washing machines.
Consider replacing your washer with a new
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and energy.
15 Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each use.
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Don’t overload the dryer. You’ll waste energy
and create lint and wrinkles.
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Use the lowest heat setting possible, and don’t
overdry. You’ll damage fabrics and create wrinkles.
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Dry consecutive loads to get the most from heat
retained in the dryer.
Drying items of similar weights together uses
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Heating your iron takes a lot of
electricity, so iron several items at a
time once it’s hot.
Start by ironing items that need the lowest setting
(delicates), then proceed to medium heat (wool),
then high (cottons).
If you remove items from the dryer promptly, you
may not have to iron at all!
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If you are in the market for a new
washer, consider buying ENERGY
STAR equipment.
Choose the lowest appropriate water
temperature. Only use hot water for white or
hard-to-clean clothes and for sterilization.
Use the lowest heat setting possible,
and don’t overdry. You’ll damage
fabrics and create wrinkles.
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COOK SMART Whatever you’re cooking, you can save
energy and money with these tips:
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Flat-bottomed pans with straight sides and snug
lids work best on the range top.
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available heat.
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When cooking vegetables or pasta, measure water
to be boiled. Don’t heat more than you need.
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If suggested cooking temperatures are within 25°,
consider cooking several dishes at the same time
to save oven heat. Freeze extra servings for future
meals.
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Use glass or ceramic bakeware and you
can decrease the oven setting by 25°
for the same results.
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Each time the door is opened, a considerable
amount of heat escapes.
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Use a timer so you don’t preheat the oven longer
than necessary. No preheating is needed for
broiled food and dishes cooked more than an hour.
When foods cook for 45 minutes or more, turn the
oven off for the last 10 minutes and use retained
heat to finish the job.
Use your microwave, toaster oven or
convection oven instead of your large
oven for smaller meals and save up to
50 percent of the energy.
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A GREATER REFRIGERATOR Encourage your family to
follow these rules to help your refrigerator run efficiently
and save energy.
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Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold.
Recommended temperatures are 37°-40° F for fresh
food compartments and 5° F for the freezer section.
Make sure your refrigerator door seals are air-tight and
replace worn door gaskets. If a dollar bill closed in the
door can be slipped out easily, you’re losing cold air.
If the cooling coils are accessible, vacuum
frequently to remove built-up dust.
Consider recycling an older second refrigerator
through IPL’s Ditch Your Fridge program to save up
to $150 annually and receive a rebate for doing so.
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an ENERGY STAR model, which uses up to 20 percent
less energy than non-ENERGY STAR models.
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Keep refrigerator full but not crowded,
with space for air to circulate around
all foods.
Cool hot foods at room temperature for 15 minutes
before refrigerating or freezing, and cover liquids to
decrease condensation.
39 Keep door closed as much as possible.
DISH IT OUT Even your dishwasher can save energy and
money when it’s properly used.
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Scrape, but don’t rinse, dishes before loading to
remove debris.
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Arrange dishes as manufacturer
suggests for best efficiency.
43 Clean filter screen over the drain
periodically to eliminate debris.
44 Use “partial load” cycles to conserve electricity.
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Select the “air dry” cycle, or simply turn the
machine off after dishes have been washed. They’ll
be just as clean – and you’ll save money.
Avoid using the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few
soiled dishes. It uses 3-7 gallons of hot water per use.
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Keep burners clean to
maximize available heat.
Don’t run water while doing dishes.
Fill up the sink and use the drain plug.
Select the “air dry” cycle, or simply turn the
dishwasher off after items have been washed.
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Replace worn door gaskets. If a dollar
bill closed in the door can be slipped
out easily, you’re losing cold air.
Avoid opening the oven door to check
on food. Each time the door is opened,
a considerable amount of heat escapes.
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Living Room
LIGHT IT RIGHT Even the youngest member of your
household can help save electricity with this bright
approach to lighting.
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Use LED bulbs. They use about 90
percent less energy than incandescent
bulbs, give the same or greater light
output, and last up to 25 times longer!
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Choose bulbs by comparing lumens (brightness)
produced rather than watts used.
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A single large bulb works more efficiently than
several smaller bulbs.
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In most situations, a programmable or smart
thermostat can save you money without
sacrificing comfort.
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Install “task lighting” over work areas in
larger rooms.
HEATING AND COOLING TIPS Your furnace and central
air conditioner use a single air distribution system. Follow
these suggestions and you’ll save money year round:
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Clean or replace furnace and air conditioning filters
once a month or as needed. Dirty filters use more
energy and decrease system life.
Keep windows and doors closed,
especially the outside doors of
attached garages.
Install insulating drapes or blinds over
windows and sliding glass doors.
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Don’t block floor registers or return air vents
with furniture or drapes – and keep return air
vents clean.
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An energy-efficient heat pump can both heat and
cool your home and may reduce operating costs
over a furnace and air conditioner. Choose a heat
pump with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency
Ratio) of 15 or more for top savings.
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Have heating and cooling system inspected annually.
PUT THE “WIN” IN WINTER Winterizing your home is one
of the best ways to save energy and money.
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Use a humidifier in cold weather. Moist
air is warmer and saves heating costs.
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Use ceiling fans to move air. During winter heating,
blades should turn in a clockwise motion. During
summer, blades should rotate in a counterclockwise motion.
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Open drapes during the day to let the sun in; close
them at night to retain heat.
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Install glass fireplace doors, and close them (and
the damper) when the fire is out.
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Close and insulate crawlspace vents in winter.
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Consult your HVAC technician to discuss
a programmable or smart thermostat.
Use clean, light-colored lamp shades
and locate lamps in room corners to
maximize reflected light.
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A single large bulb works more
efficiently than several smaller bulbs.
Install insulating drapes or blinds over large
windows and sliding glass doors.
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House
SEAL IT UP TIGHT The most important way to save
energy is to insulate your home against the loss of
heating and cooling. Here are some of the best ways
to tighten up:
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Add insulation to your attic to reduce energy loss
through the roof – the single greatest area of loss
in most homes. Use R-38 insulation or about 10-14
inches (depending on insulation type) for the best
energy-efficiency value.
Floors over unheated basements,
garages, porches and crawlspaces
should have adequate insulation.
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Repair any leaks in heating/cooling ductwork.
Insulate ductwork that runs through unconditioned
spaces.
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Install storm windows and doors. The “dead air”
sandwiched between glass panes is an insulator
that cuts energy loss.
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Weatherstrip or caulk around
windows, door frames and where
baseboards meet walls.
Install foam insulator pads between electrical
outlets and switchplates to reduce air entry.
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CHILL THE BILL IN SUMMER Install energy-efficient
equipment, then do these simple things to help keep you
cool. You’ll save electricity and money all summer.
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For a new central air conditioner, look for an
ENERGY STAR model with a SEER (Seasonal
Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14.5 or more.
70 Keep outdoor units clean and clear of leaves
and debris.
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When using window units, install
them on the shady side of your home
for the most efficient performance.
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windows to block the sun’s heat.
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Schedule a FREE Home Energy
Assessment through IPL and have a
qualified advisor come to your home.
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Run a ventilator fan when showering
to decrease humidity.
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On mild days, open windows and enjoy the
fresh air.
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Add insulation to your attic to reduce
energy loss through the roof — the single
greatest area of loss in most homes.
Weatherstrip or caulk around
windows, door frames and
where baseboards meet walls.
Install storm windows and doors. The “dead”
air sandwiched between glass panes is an
insulator that cuts energy loss.
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Use awnings, blinds and drapes on
sunny windows.
Install a high-efficiency heat pump or
central air conditioner.
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SAVE MONEY.
With the 75 tips in this brochure,
you can enjoy the same lifestyle
while using less energy. You help
the environment, and manage your
energy costs.
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you manage your energy usage and
discover ways to save.
The bottom line? Everyone wins when
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