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4 Quick Tips to Save Energy

As energy costs rise each of us can benefit from reduced usage. Some of the more obvious tips are the first to be forgotten.

As children mom and dad always had us turn out lights when not in use. Today we can also benefit from low energy lighting such as CFL and LED bulbs. Tip No. 1 is to use low energy lighting wherever possible. A fringe benefit of LED lighting outdoors is it attracts less bugs (low heat).

Clean air filters for your HVAC unit will allow it to run at peak efficiency. Tape or magic marker on your filter duct the exact filter size so you’ll know it when you need it. Tip No. 2 is to buy more than filters than you need and you’ll have spares handy to change more often.

Turn the thermostat down when your not home. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive and easily installed (low voltage). Make sure you get the thermostat appropriate for your heating unit (heat pumps have special requirements). Tip No. 3 is to program your thermostat to lower heat or cooling when your not home and during the night.

While you’ll only wear warmer clothes during the cold weather your house will benefit from insulation all year long. Unconditioned spaces (not heated or cooled) should be insulated from the rest of your home. Typical unconditioned spaces are attics, basements or crawl spaces, and garages. Tip No. 4 is to install or add insulation to bring you house to the recommended R value for your region.

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Energy Conservation

Belkin Conserve Socket F7C009q

In this day and age we are all accustomed to the convenience of appliances that turn themselves on and off. A great help for people who are away from home most of the day.

We are equally familiar with rising energy costs associated with our home and the need to conserve.

Belkin’s Conserve Socket is great for those items we leave plugged in that continue to use electricity even when not in use. These might include charging adapters for phones, hand tools or that heated appliance that we leave on occasionally; i.e. irons, hair curlers, etc.

With three preset times of 1/2, 3, or 6 hours it will turn off your appliance for your peace of mind and the safety of your home not to mention the energy savings that will acrue over time.

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