Energy Saving Tips

* Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not being used. Many of us with use the remote to switch off the TV or stereo, leaving the appliance running on standby.
* Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job,it keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy. A if you do need to use the dryer, then ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing, eg, they have gone through a fast spin so that there is minimum excess water. This will reduce drying time considerably.
* Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.
* Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, which are four times more efficient and last about eight times as long.
* You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs with dimmer switches to save money. A bulb dimmed by 25 per cent uses 10 per cent less energy. No matter what type of lighting you are using, always turn the lights off when you leave a room.
* Install motion sensors on light switches.
* Using a low-flow shower head can save up to 15 per cent of hot water costs; aerators on your sink faucets can reduce water use by about 10 per cent.
* Use small appliances such as a microwave, slow cooker, electric kettle or toaster oven instead of the stove.
* Take clothes out of the dryer and fold them while they are still warm to prevent wrinkling; your iron uses a lot of energy.
* Shower and run your dishwasher, washer and dryer early in the morning or late at night.
* Try setting your dishwasher to start after 10:00 p.m. when off-peak prices begin. If your dishwasher has a timer – use it.
* Consider a home energy audit to find out how energy efficient your home is and the best way to spend your home-improvement money.

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