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Back to School on Conservation

- 9:57 am - September 9th, 2015

September is officially here – and that means it’s back-to-school time. Just like your kids are facing new challenges and schedules after a long summer, you’re dealing with the changing of the season and all that entails. Give yourself a much needed break – from high energy bills – by following some of these simple suggestions. And with the holiday season around the corner, these kitchen-specific tips can also help you save on seasonal energy expenses as you prepare your holiday meals.

  • Open your windows. A good rule of thumb is to open the windows when the temperature outside is cooler than the inside of your home.
  • Lower the temperature of your water heater from 140° to 120°F. Each 10° reduction could save you 3% to 5% in water heating costs.
  • Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer.
  • Don't leave the refrigerator door open. Every time you do, up to 30% of that cold air could escape, making your heating system work that much harder to maintain temperature.
  • Similarly, don’t leave your oven open. The heat could escape, which will both make you uncomfortable and cause the oven to have to regenerate the lost heat.
  • Defrost food before cooking; you could save 30% to 50% on cooking costs. Pre-heat your oven only for baking. 
  • Air-dry dishes and avoid using the heat-dry, rinse-hold and pre-rinse features of your dishwasher.
  • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water. It's faster and it uses less energy.

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