Learn to conserve energy

By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editor
Home & Garden - posted Wed., Apr. 11, 2012
- Contributed Photo

With the warmer weather bringing higher rates of power consumption, it’s a good time to take these tips from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to heart:

• In summer, raise your home’s thermostat, or install a programmable thermostat to make the adjustment for you automatically. You could save 10 to 15 percent on you heating and cooling costs.
• Turn off lights, appliances and electronics when not in use, and use power strips.
• Wash clothes in cold water, and repair leaky faucets.
• Weather-strip and caulk cracks or holes around doors and windows.
• Install storm doors and replace broken windows glass, worn weather stripping and improperly fitting doors.
• Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
• Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), which give off less excess heat.

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