Tips to Cut Energy Bills

With the dog days of summer officially upon us — and with [tag]utility costs[/tag] rising at the same pace as our backyard thermometers, the [tag]Alliance to Save Energy[/tag] offers these tips to remain cool during the sweltering heat wave and save a few bucks in the process. Shift energy-intensive tasks, such as laundry and dishwashing, to off-peak hours — nights, mornings, and weekends — when the strain on the power grid from business, industry and homes operating [tag]air conditioning[/tag] simultaneously is reduced. Operate washers and dryers with full loads to get the most for your energy dollars. Environmental Science : Earth as a Living Planet

Also consider increasing the temperature by just three degrees to decrease your energy bills — or use a fan to circulate air so that you can increase the temperature comfortably. For optimum performance, make sure window units are sized properly. Save water and energy simultaneously. Energy Star-certified clothes washers cut water and energy usage simultaneously, while getting clothes just as clean with less wear and tear. Also investigate Energy Star-certified dishwashers with soil sensors to shorten the washing cycle and clothes dryers with moisture sensors.

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