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Energy Saving Tips

Whether for a home or business, following simple energy saving tips will help save money.  These are tips which can be used year-round no matter what the weather is doing outside. Many people struggle with knowing exactly how to keep energy costs low, but using these tips will help you to become “smart energy savers.”

Reduce your electric bill in Waco by hundreds of dollars per year by following simple energy consumption techniques.

Cooling and Ventilation Systems - Improve Efficiency

  • Set the thermostat in your workspace to 78 degrees during work hours, and raise the setting to 85 degrees when the space is unoccupied. The energy savings can be significant -- as much as two percent of your air conditioning costs for each one degree that you raise the thermostat.
  • Use a programmable thermostat and make it easy to adjust the settings as well as regulate the temperature when you are closed to avoid unnecessary cooling costs..
  • Close window blinds to shade your rooms from direct sunlight.
  • Keep your cooling and ventilation systems tuned. Maintain a regular filter replacement and cleaning schedule. Don't forget to check ducts and pipe insulation.
  • Install window film, solar screens or awning in south and west facing windows.
  • Solar control window films applied to existing glass in windows and doors is an effective method to reduce peak demand during hot months and conserve energy anytime air conditioning might be required. In addition to the energy management benefits, the use of these films can also reduce exposure to ultraviolet radiation and reduce glare.
  • Install ceiling fans - they make it feel at least four degrees cooler during the summer.
  • When buying new cooling and ventilation units - choose ENERGY STAR. They are 20 to 30 percent more efficient than older models.
  • Install an air conditioning-economizer to bring in outside air when it's cool.
  • Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
  • If possible, install ceiling and wall insulation. You will save money on your monthly utility bills and your employees will be more comfortable.

Lighting - The Right Light for the Right Task

  • Replace old fluorescent lights with newer, more efficient models with electronic ballasts (such as retrofit T12 lights with magnetic ballasts to T8 lights and electronic ballasts).
  • Replace your high-use incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights. A compact fluorescent light uses 75 percent less electricity to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. The compact fluorescent will last about 10,000 hours as opposed to the 600 to 1,000 hour average life of an incandescent. By replacing a 100-watt incandescent with an equivalent 25-watt compact fluorescent, you can save more than $90 per bulb in electricity costs over the 10,000-hour lifetime of the compact fluorescent.
  • Make sure that bulbs, fixtures, lenses, lamps and reflective surfaces are cleaned regularly. By removing grease, dust and other dirt, you can increase the output of your lights.
  • Install automatic, occupancy sensor room-lighting controls to turn lights on or off depending on occupancy or time of day.
  • Change out incandescent or fluorescent exit signs with LED exit signs.

Computers and Other Office Equipment

  • Turn off your computers and any other office equipment when you're not using them, especially overnight and weekends. This practice costs nothing and can potentially save as much as $44 per year, per computer, depending on what you pay per kilowatt-hour.
  • For computer protection during a power curtailment, your company might invest in "Uninterruptible Power Supplies," (also known as UPS systems) which combine surge protectors and battery packs. These will run a computer for a short time to allow a worker to save files and prevent the loss of information when the power goes out.
  • To be as energy efficient as possible, only buy office equipment that displays the ENERGYSTAR logo.
  • Choose settings that automatically switch the computer monitor into sleep or "power-down" mode when it hasn't been worked on for a preset amount of time. Shorten the delay time before your monitor automatically goes into sleep mode.
  • If it works for your business, consider ink-jet printers which also use 90 percent less energy than laser printers.
  • Choose a flat-panel computer monitor rather than a regular cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor. Some flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors use considerably less electricity than comparably-sized CRT models, but the extra first cost is still much more than the lifetime energy savings.

Source: www.consumerenergycenter.org

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