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Electrical Appliances

Air Conditioning

Choosing an energy-efficient air conditioning and heating system while following a few simple tips can save you money on your electric bills.

  • Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78°F or higher - health permitting - when you’re at home.
  • Set it at 85°F (or turn it off), when you're away from home.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate usage.
  • Clean or replace filters regularly, according to manufacturer recommendations.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for air conditioner maintenance and operation, such as replacing dirty filters and keeping vents clear of obstructions.
  • Caulk and weather-strip drafty windows and doors so conditioned air stays inside.
  • Repair leaky air ducts.
  • Consider installing attic/wall insulation or other home improvements. Check for available rebates on insulation.
  • Use a fan instead of your air conditioner to circulate air.
  • Open windows for cool air during the evening and early morning.
  • Close blinds or other window covers to block direct sunlight.

Appliance Selection Tips

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  • When buying a new electric air conditioner or evaporative cooler, choose an energy-efficient model. Look for a unit with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).
  • Check with your local electric utility for available rebates.
  • Low-interest financing may be available for the installation of energy-efficient measures.
  • Check Energy Guide labels for both room and central air conditioners to help evaluate annual operating costs.
  • Read about our tips on selecting a qualified contractor.

Home Office or Den

With greater opportunities to work at home, "home office" energy costs can add up! Here are some steps you can take to help save energy and money while working at home.

  • Turn off lights, computers and monitors, and other office equipment when they are not being used, when you leave a room, and at night. If your computer is plugged into a power strip, be sure to switch the strip off after shutting down your computer.
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • If your computer has a "low power standby," be sure it is set in that mode.

Appliance Selection Tips

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  • When purchasing home office equipment, like computers, monitors, printers, scanners and fax machines look for ENERGY STAR models. ENERGY STAR personal computers, monitors, and printers power down during periods of inactivity, reducing energy costs by up to 50%, 90%, and 65% respectively.
  • Consider ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lights. They can reduce lighting costs by up to 60% and last up to ten times longer.
  • Replace halogen torchiere lamps with fluorescent ENERGY STAR torchieres.
  • Check with your local electric utility regarding the availability of rebates and incentives for energy-efficient lighting.

Indoor Lighting

By taking simple steps to lower your lighting energy usage, savings can add up quickly!

  • Turn off lights (and other appliances) when they are not being used and when you leave a room.
  • Save up to 10% on lighting costs by installing dimmer switches or lighting motion sensors.
  • Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Although they cost a little more up front, you'll save significantly in the long run.

Selecting Energy-Efficient Lighting

Check with your local electric utility regarding the availability of rebates and incentives for energy-efficient lighting.

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  • Consider ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lights - they can reduce lighting costs by up to 75% and last up to ten times longer.
  • Replace halogen torchiere lamps with fluorescent ENERGY STAR torchieres.

Outdoor Lighting

Take simple steps to lower your exterior lighting energy usage. Savings can add up quickly.

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  • ENERGY STAR labeled outdoor light fixtures are more efficient than conventional fixtures and help save you money on utility bills.
  • Outdoor light fixtures, including post- and wall-mounted fixtures, floodlighting, and ground-level walkway lighting, provide safety, security, and decoration.
  • Install timers, time clocks or photocells to ensure that exterior lights are turned-off at the appropriate time.
  • Check with your local electric utility regarding the availability of rebates and incentives for energy-efficient exterior lighting.

Refrigerators

Refrigerators can eat up more energy than any electrical kitchen appliance in your home. New, efficient models use about half the electricity compared to older refrigerators.

  • If you have two refrigerators, or an additional freezer, consider whether you really need to operate more than one. You could save up to $130 a year by unplugging and recycling your extra refrigerator.
  • Dirty coils on the back or bottom front of your refrigerator can make it work harder than necessary. Check and vacuum them at least twice a year.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before placing them in the refrigerator. Hot food decreases the temperature in the refrigerator temporarily, forcing the refrigerator to work harder to keep the air cool.
  • Don't leave the refrigerator door open any longer than absolutely necessary.
  • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Check them by placing a flashlight inside and close the door. If you can see light with the door closed, replace the seal.

Appliance Selection Tips

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  • When buying a new refrigerator, choose an energy-efficient model. ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators are required to use 20 percent less energy than models not labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo.
  • Check with your local electric utility provider about the availability of rebates and incentives for new, energy-efficient refrigerators. Some providers also offer incentives for recycling older or second refrigerators.
  • Use Energy Guide labels to help you choose an energy-efficient refrigerator or freezer.

Where can I buy Energy Star products

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Rebates Available

You can receive cash rebates on clothes washers, dishwashers, attic/wall insulation, natural gas storage water heaters and furnaces. Go to Rebates for Your Home.