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Save Money - Energy Tips - Save Energy
Jul 10, 2007, 00:50

When drying denim jeans, throw in a dry towel or 2, the towel absorbs some of the moisture and keeps the jeans in a good tumble- plus they seem to dry faster! (Amy)

BATTERIES: To prolong the life of batteries, scrape both ends with sandpaper, a nail file, or an emery board to give them more mileage. (Phyllis A.)

Looking for a way to cut back on heating expenses this time of year? And make those furnace filters last longer? I like to take my vacuum cleaner curved hose nozzle and suction off the dust and etc. build up from my furnace filter at least once a month! I find this helps those filters last a long time, as my vacuum's hose suction leaves the filter looking good as new! Helps your furnace get more heat out for less $! While you have the vacuum cleaner there near your furnace, look for any fuzzy dust bunnies, that you have around the furnace and suck those up too with your vacuum hose nozzle! (Jean)

During the day, if there is no one at home, leave your AC/Heater running but turn it up as high as you can in the summer and as low as you can in the winter. This will allow the unit to operate only if the temperature exceeds the limit set. It takes more energy to start the unit after it's been turned off then leaving it set. Also, if you're going on a trip, turn your hot water heater off so you're not heating unused water. Just don't forget to turn it back on when you get home. (Martha)

Save some heating/cooling energy by keeping the doors to unused rooms and closets closed.

When someone in the family leaves the room and doesn't turn off the lights, have them place a quarter in a jar.

Use your dishwasher verses cleaning a load of dishes by hand. Dishwashers use less hot water and less energy. In addition the dishwasher is more sanitary. Remember it is more efficient to wash a full load.

Save energy during warm weather. Hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer.

Instead of preheating and then placing food into the oven, place the food in when you start the oven. Then leave it in for 10-15 minutes after you turn the oven off. The meal will continue to cook.

When drying cottons and denims cut down on drying time by putting in nylons, satins or acrylics which tend to build up friction thus less energy needed and the bonus is that the cottons and denims are much less wrinkled. (Roselin Gates)

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