- Evaluate your thermostat – Set manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, including decreasing use when you're not home.
- Change air filters regularly – Change standard air filters once a month or pleated filters once every three months to help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently and produce cleaner air for you and your family.
- Avoid "energy vampires" – Many electronics, such as TVs and appliances with LED panels, draw power even when off or in standby mode. Use a power strip, which you can simply turn off, or unplug electronics when they are not in use.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's) – Where possible, replace standard bulbs with CFLs. They use 75 percent less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.
- Do laundry the smart way – Washing full loads of clothes and avoiding "over drying" can dramatically reduce the amount of energy you use. Don't forget to clean the lint trap before every load to increase efficiency.
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