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___ Turn off lights, appliances, equipment, etc. when they're not needed
___ Turn computers, printers and other peripherals off at the power strip when they're not needed (if they're plugged into a power strip, switch off the power strip after shutting down your computer)
___ Put computers, etc. on the energy-saver mode
___ Unplug electronic devices and chargers with block-shaped transformer on the plug when they're not needed

COLD WEATHER:
___ Install a clock thermostat or set-back thermostat to automatically change thermostat settings at certain times of the day, e.g., set your clock thermostat off or no higher than 55 degrees for the night and when you're not in the house, and, no higher than 68 degrees for the time right before you awake (heat pumps should only be set back five degrees to prevent unneeded use of backup strip heater)
___ Turn off heating to rooms/areas which don't need it or close the heating vents
___ Keep warm indoors by wearing warm clothing, especially several lightweight layers
___ If you often use one room, consider using a portable electric heater instead of central heating
___ Seal (e.g., with rope caulk, weather-stripping) the largest air leaks in your home (the ones that feel drafty or whistle on windy days), e.g.:
- leaky windows and doors
- around pipes, ducts, fans and vents that go through walls, ceilings and floors from heated to unheated spaces (do not caulk around water heater and furnace exhaust pipes)
- gaps around chimneys
- recessed lights in insulated ceilings
- unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets
___ Put towels or rugs against the bottom of doors to the outside or unheated rooms
___ Insulate windows with clear plastic sheets or film covers
___ Install storm or thermal (replacement) windows, preferably with super-efficient low-emissivity glazing
___ Seal off electric receptacles and switch boxes with foam gaskets or fiberglass insulation
___ Install proper ceiling/attic insulation to at least R-30 standards
___ Insulate walls, floors and heating ducts
___ Get your ducts tested for air leakage
___ Check your furnace/heat pump periodically to improve air flow and allow more efficient operation:
- turn off the power source
- visually inspect the furnace
- vacuum away lint, dirt or other obstructions
- clean/replace the filters as necessary
___ When using your heater, crack open a window so it has enough air to operate
___ Have a professional clean, lubricate and adjust your furnace
___ Turn your heater(s) off when you're using your fireplace
___ Close the damper when you're not using the fireplace

During the day:
___ Open drapes/shutters/blinds on windows facing the sun

At night:
___ Close drapes/shutters/blinds to retain indoor heat

WARM WEATHER:
___ Turn off your air conditioner when no one is home and at night, and, set it at 78 degrees or higher when you're at home
___ When feasible, turn off your air conditioner and provide air flow by open windows on opposite sides of your house (if it won't increase risk of someone breaking into your house)
___ Install a clock thermostat or set-back thermostat to automatically set your thermostat to 85 degrees at night and when you are away
___ Use room fans
___ Turn off your furnace pilot light during the non-heating season
___ Use exterior shading devices (e.g., awnings, overhangs, patio cover) or deciduous plants to shade your home, windows and air conditioning condenser from the sun

During the day:
___ Close shutters/drapes/blinds on windows facing the sun

AROUND YOUR HOME:
___ When heating or cooling, ensure windows and doors are closed
___ Consider replacing your furnace, heat pump, air conditioner and other appliances with energy-efficient models
___ Seal any leaks in your heating/cooling system(s) ducts and in water/steam heat pipes with duct wrap or mastic sealant
___ Insulate attic access and basement trap doors with R-19 insulation
___ Install and use ceiling fans - they cool rooms during hot weather and push warm air down to where you need it during cold weather
___ Unplug and recycle your extra refrigerator/freezer
___ Use low-wattage light bulbs
___ Use dimmer switches or timers on lights
___ Clean or replace furnace and air-conditioner filters regularly
___ Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets
___ Install low-flow shower heads and faucets or install flow restrictors
___ Turn off all landscape lights
___ Request a free energy audit from your utility company
___ Consider having your home converted to use solar energy

WATER HEATER:
___ Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees F (or 140 degrees F if your dishwasher needs it)
___ Install an insulating blanket around your water heater, especially if it's in an unheated area of your home

LAUNDRY:
___ Use the energy-saving settings on your washer and dryer
___ Only do full loads
___ Use cold water settings on the washer when feasible
___ Clean your dryer's lint trap before/after each use
___ Line-dry clothes (especially towels) when feasible

KITCHEN:
___ Use the energy-saving settings on your refrigerator and dishwasher
___ Put a thermometer in your refrigerator/freezer to check the temperature
___ Keep refrigerator/freezer doors closed as much as feasible
___ Keep refrigerator coils (on the back or the bottom of the appliance) clean
___ Defrost your refrigerator/freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick
___ Only preheat your oven if necessary
___ Use the smaller of the two ovens if you have a dual unit
___ Cook complete meals of several dishes simultaneously in the oven
___ Cook on range top burners when practical instead of in the oven
___ Use a lid when boiling water, etc.
___ To reheat food or to cook small amounts of food, use your microwave
___ Only wash full loads in the dishwasher
___ Air-dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher's heater
___ When hand washing dishes, rinse with cold water

SWIMMING POOL:
___ Reduce pool water temperature and the number of months you heat your pool
___ Use a pool cover - 70% of pool heat loss is by evaporation
___ Shorten the operating time for your swimming pool filter and automatic cleaning sweep
___ Switch the pool filter and sweeper operations to off-peak hours (between 6 p.m. and noon)
___ Keep pool cleaning and heating equipment clean and lubricated
___ Consider replacing pool pumps and motors with updated, more efficient equipment

WATERBEDS:
___ Cover your waterbed with bedspreads or quilts as soon as you get up
___ Put a layer of cardboard between the bed and the frame or use an insulation kit designed for waterbeds - to reduce heat loss

TRANSPORTATION:
___ Walk, ride a bike, use public transit or car pool instead of driving when feasible
___ Plan ahead to combine trips
___ Work out of your home as much as feasible (e.g., tele-commute, go to workplace for fewer days but longer hours)
___ Use your most efficient vehicle when feasible
___ Keep your vehicle in good operating condition (tuned up, emissions system checked, tires properly inflated) or buy a new fuel-efficient vehicle (e.g., electric)
___ Avoid quick starts
___ Drive slower
___ Avoid idling your vehicle for long periods

SHOPPING:
___ Buy the most energy-efficient models when buying appliances, e.g., refrigerator, washer, dryer
___ Buy compact fluorescent lamps to replace incandescent bulbs

VACATIONS:
___ Shut off or turn down automatic appliances such as your water heater and furnace/air conditioner

OTHER:
___ Ask your local officials to take actions to save energy (e.g., install energy-efficient street lights, ensure businesses to turn off lights when closed)

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