Are you and your home an energy hog?!?

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This is the perfect time of year to check on some money saving and energy saving items. These small steps to change your habits add up to big savings!!
• Set thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the day and 65-68 degrees at night.
• Lower your thermostat to 60 degrees when you’re out of the house).
• Turn off the water while doing dishes and showering, in between soaping up.
• Make sure all HVAC vents are clean and clear of and any blockages (furniture, paper, etc.)
• Run full loads of dishes and laundry.
• Turn dishwasher off after wash mode and let air dry.
• Use dryer to dry back-to-back, less energy to heat up and avoid over-drying.
• Replace light bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs).
• Turn off lights when not in use.
• Switch ceiling fan to clockwise and run on low to circulate warm air.
• Heat home with passive solar by opening blinds during day.
• Use toaster oven and microwave to reheat food.
• Set refrigerator to 30-42 degrees. Use Power saver switch if there is one.
• Clean refrigerator coils.
• Keep freezer full.
• Match pot size to the burner.
• Plug electronics into power strips and turn off.
• Set computer to sleep or off when not in use, instead of a screen saver.
• Unplug battery chargers when charging is complete.