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Saving Energy and Money

Did you know that….

…..the DVR with a digital cable box consumes the most power when in standby mode (more than a tv, laptop computer, and a multi-function printer)?

On average, a digital cable box with a DVR consumes about 43 watts when turned off but still plugged in.

…..each lightbulb you replace with a compact flourescent (CFL) bulb will save you $5 in energy over its lifetime?

CFLs last longer and can save 75% more energy than incandescent bulbs.  Look for CFLs rated by Energy Star, which tests efficiency.

…..caulking your windows and doors is the easiest way to save energy?

The U.S. Department of Energy says that 43% of household energy use goes to heating and cooling.  Weatherproofing your home prevents air leaks and energy waste.

…..a tankless water heater can save 30% energy?

Tankless water heaters waste less energy because they heat water as its being used instead of keeping a whole tank hot.  The U.S. Department of Energy says the average household spends 12% of its energy bill running a water heater.

…..most of the energy consumed by dishwashers and washing machines goes to heating the water, and not for moving parts?

Washing dishes and clothes in cold water can help save energy.

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