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Improved fuel economy saves you money every time you fill up!

A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $840 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.36).

Over a period of 5 years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $4,200. For more information go to www.fueleconomy.gov/fed/savemoney.html

Smart Appliances:

Smart appliances utilize modern computer and communications technology to make functions faster, cheaper and more energy-efficient. The appliances can take advantage of an "smart grid," being implemented by utility companies nationwide. When the smart grid technology is finally implemented, refrigerators, toasters, dishwashers and washing machines can tap into the smart grid power source.

An automated home is sometimes called a smart home .

Home automation can include the scheduling and automatic operation of water sprinkling, heating and air conditioning, window coverings, security systems, lighting, and food preparation appliances. also allow vital home functions to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world using a computer connected to the Internet. Besides the functions already mentioned, remote control can be extended to telephones and answering machines, fax machines, and other communications equipment, and home robots such as automatic vacuum cleaners.

The fundamental components of a well-designed home automation system include a computer (or computers) with the appropriate programming, the various devices and systems to be controlled, interconnecting cables or wireless links, a high-speed Internet connection, and an emergency backup power source for the computer, its peripherals, and the essential home systems.
Read more at http://www.smartgrid.gov/the_smart_grid#smart_home

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is natural energy which does not have a limited supply. Renewable energy can be used again and again, and will never run out.
some examples are:

Energy Saving Tips

  • WEAR WARMER CLOTHING- Jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts can be worn comfortably in a household setting.
  • STOP AIR LEAKS - Home improvement centers have multiple options to help you weather proof your home, such as plastic to cover windows, window and door weather-stripping, storm windows, storm doors, etc.
  • LEARN TO READ YOUR METER - We recommend you chart your electric and gas usage. This will help determine when you use the most energy then adjustments can be made to reduce.
  • CHANGE FURNACE AIR FILTERS REGULARLY - Most filters should be changed monthly. A clean filter allows your equipment to work at its best with the least energy.
  • ADD INSULATION - Examine your attic and floor insulation and consider adding more.
  • INSTALL CEILING FANS- By circulating air; they cut energy costs in winter (and summer.)
  • LOAD UP - Save energy and water by running washing machines, dryers and dishwashers only when you have a full load.
  • WATER HEATER - Keep the thermostat on your hot water heater at
    120 degrees.
  • KEEP THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR CLOSED - Every time you open the door all the cold air falls to the floor. Open it as little as possible and close it as soon as possible.
  • INSULATE WATER PIPES- Insulating water pipes in unheated areas protects against freezing and saves energy.
  • LIGHTING - Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and are more efficient

Warm Weather Tips

When the warmer weather is here, we encourage you to take advantage of the following no cost energy saving ideas. Indoor home comfort, low energy bills and protection of the environment are just a few benefits that come from the efficient use of energy at home.

Start today by:

  • Raising the thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer.
  • Using fans and open windows instead of running the air conditioner
  • Dress in light and loose-fitting clothing
  • Try to keep humidity out of the house.
  • Blocking heat out of the house with exterior shading or use lined curtains and or shades.
  • Looking for the Energy Star label, the symbol for energy efficiency, when buying home appliances and products. Households that replace existing appliances with Energy Star products can cut annual energy bills by 30 percent.
  • Installing storm windows and doors. This move to prevent cool air from escaping can cut cooling costs by 38 percent.
  • Cleaning or replacing air conditioner filters once a month.
  • Turning lights off when not in use.
  • Replacing all light fixtures and bulbs that operate four or more hours a day with ones that use fluorescent bulbs to save money and energy.
  • Letting Mother Nature light your home. Sunlight is brighter than a multitude of light bulbs, and it's free.
  • Putting timers on a few lights in your home, and installing motion detectors on exterior lights.
  • Using a microwave or toaster oven to cook small portions of food and a conventional oven or stove-top for larger items.
  • Turning off TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, CD players, cassette decks and computers during long periods of non-use. This will cut costs and increase the life of that product.