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A New Edition of Energy Saving Tips

Another winter has come and gone. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program wants to help you save money and energy, whether you’re out enjoying a warm sunny day or staying indoors to get away from the heat. Here are a few energy saving tips to help you take control of your energy use.

Maintain your central air conditioner

If your AC system isn't properly maintained, it will cost more to run and require more frequent repairs. Schedule an inspection each spring to ensure your cooling system is running safely and efficiently before summer.

Plant shade trees

Well-placed shade trees are beautiful enhancements to your home and can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Shade from trees can also make your yard more comfortable for kids playing or social gatherings.

Use a ceiling fan

Adding a ceiling fan that’s ENERGY STAR® certified lets you set your thermostat 4 degrees higher in the summer and still keep cool, so you’ll save on energy costs. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Unless they are being used to blow cool air in from outside, turn them off when the room is unoccupied.

Use light sensors and timers

Save energy by using lights and devices only when you need to. Wall-mounted sensors and timers can automatically turn off lights when no one is in a room, and plug-in timers can power down devices when they're not in use.

Clean or replace air filters

Heating and cooling consume the most energy in the average home: up to 50% of total home energy use. Dirty air filters make your furnace, central air conditioner or room air conditioner work harder to circulate air. By cleaning or replacing your filters, you can lower your heating and cooling system energy use by up to 15%.

Install efficient showerheads

Showering accounts for about 20% of the average home's hot water use, but energy-efficient showerheads can cut use in half. Energy-efficient showerheads with the WaterSense label reduce water usage without compromising water pressure so your shower can be less costly and just as comfortable.

Weatherstrip windows and doors

The edges of doors and windows are often not sealed well, allowing unconditioned air to seep into your home or conditioned air to escape. Weatherstripping your windows and doors can save you up to 10% on energy used for heating and cooling. Weatherstripping your windows and doors will help reduce this leakage.

Adjust the display on your television

New televisions are originally set to look best on the showroom floor. However, these bright display modes are often unnecessary for your home and use a considerable amount of energy. Adjusting your TV's display settings can significantly reduce its power use without compromising picture quality.

Adjust the settings on your video game console

The newest game consoles offer many new features, such as voice control, gesture recognition, wireless controllers and the ability to stream live video. Most of these new features draw power even when the device is not being used. In fact, new consoles use more energy over the course of a year in standby mode or while streaming videos than when anyone is actually playing games.

Unplug electronics when they’re not in use

Many electronic devices and kitchen appliances continue to draw power even when they're turned off. To save energy, unplug them from the wall when you're not using them. TVs, game consoles, coffee makers and computers are good examples of devices that use electricity when they are turned off but still plugged in.

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