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Spring forward with 5 Energy Efficiency Tips from New Richmond Utilities

New Richmond Utilities offers these 5 suggestions that will help you be more energy efficient. Not only is energy efficiency good for your community and environment, it can help you save money year-round. Here are five energy efficiency suggestions that will be easy to keep all year.

  1. Build New Habits

    Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Plug groups of appliances into a surge protector and make it a habit to switch it off when not in use. Challenge your family to “unplug” for one hour every month, and make it fun by replacing screen time with other activities: play a board game together, visit a local park or go out for ice cream.

  2. Set It and Forget

    By being mindful of the settings on your devices, you can save energy without even thinking about it. Adjust your computer settings so that your computer goes into sleep mode after a set period of time. Set a sleep timer when you sit down to watch television in the evening.

  3. Avoid Overspending on Heating and Cooling

    Use ceiling fans instead of turning up the air conditioning in the summer. Get a programmable thermostat and lower the temperature 10-15 degrees when you’re away from home or sleeping for 8+ hours at a time.

  4. Make Sure You’re Not ‘Leaking’ Money

    Make sure you’re not ‘leaking’ money in the winter by checking your house for leaks. Seal windows with heat-shrink plastic and install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades if you need additional insulation. Find and seal any other leaks with caulk or weatherstripping. Some places to check for leaks include: cut-throughs for pipes, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets, and electrical outlets on outside walls. You could also consider adding insulation in the attic, which is usually less expensive to insulate than the walls. New Richmond Utilities would like to remind you to check for water leaks as well to reduce cost and waste for your home. Dripping faucets and running toilets can waste thousands of gallons of water in a short time.

  5. Buy Smarter

    If you’re in the market for a new television or appliance, consider ENERGY STAR® models that use less energy. Replace incandescent light bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights.

For more energy efficient ideas visit Focus on Energy.