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As you and yours spend more time at home, the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program has tips to help you save energy and money. Although some things are uncertain, you can take control of your energy use and save. And we’re here to help. Below are a few energy saving tips to share with your family members so you can start saving today.
The Department of Energy estimates you can save as much as 10% by turning your thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees when you leave your home for 8 hours per day in the summertime. To save even more, increase the temperature by a few degrees before going to sleep.
Keeping your shades, blinds and curtains closed acts as a layer of insulation and helps keep your home cool. In cooling seasons, about 76% of sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters to become heat. Simply drawing your blinds and curtains or adding temporary shades over east, south or west facing windows can significantly reduce the heat that enters your home.
Turning off your computer at night could save you up to 13% in energy costs, depending on your use and power management settings. Save even more by plugging your computer, monitor, and printer into one power strip and turning the strip off when you go to bed.
Many electronic devices continue to draw power even when they are turned off. By unplugging devices and chargers when they are not in use, you can avoid paying for this extra energy.
Running your computer and monitor constantly throughout the year wastes a significant amount of electricity. However, a computer idling in "sleep" mode uses less than half the energy of an active computer.
Overhead bulbs can brighten a space, but often use more light than you really need. Using a kitchen counter light while preparing dinner—or a small lamp to read a book—brings better light to the task at hand and saves energy.
In an average home, lighting accounts for nearly 9% of electricity costs. Turning lights off when you're not in the room is a simple way for you to make a dent in your utility bill.
In most households, the refrigerator is the one thing that is always on—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the average home, the refrigerator consumes the most energy of all kitchen appliances. Make sure your refrigerator is not too cold in order to minimize the annual costs of running the appliance.
Your dishwasher uses a great deal of energy, especially for heating water. There are several steps you can take starting today—with no investment—to reduce your bills associated with dishwashing.
Furniture, carpets, and other objects can block vents and prevent heated or cooled air from traveling. This blockage makes your heating or cooling system work harder and prevents rooms from warming up or cooling down quickly.
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