Don’t Let Holiday Energy Bills Make You the SCROOGE!

Tips from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

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The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund always promotes ways to save energy.

We at Bish Electric want to share their ideas this fall and winter with you and your family.
Here are 14 easy ways to save that can really help to reduce your energy bills.

  1. For holiday lighting, consider using Light Emitting Diode (LED) solutions. Not only will LED lights reduce electric use by more than 90 percent, they can last up to 50,000 hours.
  2. Install dimmers and motion sensors where possible. Dimmer switches can increase bulb life up to 20 times longer if dimmed to half the brightness.
  3. Motion sensors give you light when you need it.
  4. Clean bulbs and fixtures regularly for brighter illumination.
  5. In the heating season, water vapors from bathing and cooking are beneficial because they help humidify the home. Dry air takes longer to heat. So use kitchen and bath exhaust fans sparingly in the winter to keep as much heat as possible inside your house.
  6. Repair leaky faucets promptly. A steady drip of hot water can waste manygallons of wate553r per month, plus the energy needed to heat the water.
  7. When installing a new hot water heater, locate it in a warmplace rather than an unheated garage or basement, if possible.
  8. Keep your heating equipment well tuned with periodic maintenance by a service professional. If you do buy a new heating unit, select the most energy-efficient system within your budget. The initial cost may be high, but in the long run, your operating costs will be lower.
  9. When buying a new dishwasher look for the air power drying or overnight drying settings – they save energy.
  10. Many hot water heaters are factory-set for 140° F. That’s a lot higher than you need. Reset it to 120° F
  11. Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use (like your cell phone charger).
  12. Put a lid on a pot to boil water. It boils fasterand uses less energy.
    Pre-heat the oven – only when necessary.
  13. Replace incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs. They use ¼ the energy of regular light bulbs.433
  14. Clean or replace furnace filters often. Have your furnace burner checked and cleaned annually.

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