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Title: Energy Saving Tips For the Home and Office Energy Usage


1
Energy Saving Tips
  • For the Home and Office

2
Energy Usage
  • About 52 of the energy used in a household goes
    towards heating and cooling,19 to heating water,
    and 29 to other household appliances.
  • In office buildings, 34 of the energy used goes
    towards heating and cooling, 29 to lighting, 9
    to heating water, and 28 to office equipment,
    ventilation, and other miscellaneous uses.1

3
Energy Usage
  • Heating and cooling constitute the largest energy
    use in both homes and offices.

4
Energy Saving Tips Heating and Cooling
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat between 78 and
    80F, and close window shades (to reduce ingress
    of solar heat).
  • In the winter, set the thermostat between 68 and
    70F, and open window shades to admit direct
    sunlight (which helps to heat your home). Use of
    a humidifier makes lowering the thermostat more
    comfortable.

5
Energy Saving Tips Heating and Cooling
  • Run the fan instead of the AC to circulate air.
  • To maximize heating and cooling efficiency,
    change air filters once a month, and keep air
    delivery and return vents clear of blockages.
  • Thoroughly insulate your home or office building
    to minimize heat loss in the winter and heat gain
    in the summer.

6
Energy Saving Tips Electricity and Lighting
  • Turn off lights and appliances after use.
  • Unplug appliances whenever possible to eliminate
    standby electricity loss.2
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in place of
    incandescent light bulbs. CFLs last longer and
    use less energy but do contain a small amount of
    mercury which requires proper disposal. This is
    often done at your local Home Depot or Lowes
    store

7
Energy Saving Tips Kitchen Appliances
  • Set refrigerator temperature between 37- 40F,
    and freezer temperature at 0F.
  • Be sure to vacuum the condenser coils every 6
    months.
  • Do full loads when washing or drying clothes. Use
    only warm or cold water. Drying loads
    consecutively saves energy so the dryer does not
    have to heat up each time. Be sure to clean the
    lint filter after each load.
  • Or Air Dry your clothes using a clothes line or a
    hanging rack inside

8
Energy Saving Tips Kitchen Appliances
  • When cooking try to use the range rather than the
    oven as much as possible.
  • Use pressure cookers and microwaves to lower
    energy consumption.
  • Buy energy star products for greater energy
    efficiency.

9
Energy Saving Tips Water Heating
  • Insulate water heater and surrounding pipes to
    reduce heat loss and water consumption.
  • Set water heater thermostats to 120F (or 140F
    if you have a dishwasher).

10
Water Saving Tips
11
Water Saving Tips Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Check for and fix leaks. A leak from a worn
    faucet washer can waste 20 gal. of water a day.
    3
  • Read your water meter after 2 hours of not using
    water. If the meter has changed, there is a leak
    and it should be repaired.
  • While waiting for a shower to heat up, capture
    cold water in a bucket or pan and use it for
    watering plants or other household uses.

12
Water Saving Tips Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Take shorter showers. A 4 minute shower uses
    20-40 gal. of water. 3
  • Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth,
    shave, wash your face or rinse dishes.
  • Invest in a high efficiency toilet, or put a
    plastic bottle filled with sand in your toilet
    tank to reduce the amount of water used per
    flush.

13
Water Saving Tips Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Use aerators on all faucets and low-flow shower
    heads for better water pressure while using less
    water in total.
  • Only wash full loads of clothes, and do the same
    with dishes.
  • Use a vegetable brush to clean food items to make
    washing/preparation quicker and more efficient.

14
Water Saving Tips Outdoor Water Use
  • When washing your car, dont run the hose until
    you need to rinse. This can save up to 150
    gallons of water. 3
  • Use a broom to clean your driveway, front stoop
    or porch, rather than a hose.
  • When planting a garden, practice xeriscaping.
    Group plants according to their water needs, and
    plant drought-resistant plants and bushes.

15
Water Saving Tips Outdoor Water Use
  • Add compost to your garden and lay down mulch to
    help the soil retain moisture.
  • Water your lawn in the morning or when it is
    overcast to minimize evaporation. Avoid watering
    when it is sunny or windy. (When Allowed) 3
  • Deep-soak your lawn. Water the lawn long enough
    for the water to seep down to the roots to
    promote deeper root systems. (When Allowed) 3

16
Water Saving Tips Outdoor Water Use
  • Collect rainwater in a rain barrel and use this
    to water plants.
  • Be sure to follow watering restrictions specific
    to your local area.
  • Position sprinklers to avoid watering the
    sidewalk, street, or driveway.

17
Water Saving Tips Facts
  • If a faucet drips at a rate of 1 drop per sec.
    you can waste 2,700 gal. per year.
  • The average daily indoor water use for a single
    family home with no water-conserving fixtures is
    74 gal.

18
Fuel Saving Tips
19
Gasoline Saving Tips
  • Dont drive like a demon on wheels! Quick
    accelerations reduce fuel efficiency and put wear
    and tear on your transmission.
  • At 60 mph, having your windows open reduces your
    MPG by the same amount as having your A/C running
    full blast.
  • Under 60 mph having the windows open is a
    reasonable alternative to using the A/C.

20
Gasoline Saving Tips
  • Be sure to keep the belts tight, fans running and
    filters clean in order to get the most MPG out of
    your vehicle.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated to the factory
    mandated pressure failure to do so can take a
    serious toll on MPG.

21
Natural Gas Saving Tips
22
Natural Gas Saving Tips
  • Have your heating system professionally checked
    on a regular basis.
  • Get a carbon monoxide detector for your own
    safety and so leaks dont increase your energy
    bill.

23
Natural Gas Saving Tips
  • Check the insulation in your attic. If you have
    less than 7 inches of insulation, consider adding
    another layer to keep heat trapped within your
    home.
  • Add weather stripping and caulk around windows
    and doors to improve insulation.
  • Dont heat unused spaces or vacant rooms.

24
Natural Gas Saving Tips
  • If you have a fireplace, be sure that the dampers
    are closed when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Replace gas appliances that are more than 10
    years old with new energy-efficient appliances.

25
Sources
  • 1http//www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/consumptionbriefs/c
    becs/pbawebsite/office/office_howuseenergy.htm
  • 2http//berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2001/02
    /09_energ.html
  • 3http//www.eartheasy.com/live_water_ saving.htm
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