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Top 10 Actions on the Energy Challenge

22 November 2010

Wonder what your neighbor is doing to stay warm and reduce their bills this winter?  Here are the top 10 actions used by members of the Energy Challenge to save energy and money in Minnesota!

  1. Flip the Switch – it’s basic, but it’s a great place to start – don’t waste money lighting empty rooms.
  2. Do the Twist – they don’t need to go in every single socket, but 75% of Energy Challenge members use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in high-use areas to slash back their lighting costs.
  3. Drive to the Limit – surprisingly, over half of households on the Energy Challenge pledge to drive the speed limit – especially keeping to 55 mph to increase their car’s gas efficiency and reduce wear-and-tear.
  4. Wash ’em Cold – it’s an oldie but a goodie! Wash all your clothes in cold water to keep them clean without the cost of heating tons of water.
  5. Two Degrees of Savings: Heat – for an easy advantage over the winter, reduce your heating settings by just two degrees to get $50 back each year.
  6. Two Degrees of Savings: A/C – about a quarter of Energy Challenge houses also turn their A/C temp up by two degrees to save during the summer, too.
  7. Ditch the Car – Speaking of warmer weather, it’s easier to take the bus, walk or bike during the warmer months, but many Energy Challenge families pledge to leave their car at home no matter the season.
  8. Keep in the Cold: Central A/C – I can hear my mother now: “Are you trying to cool the whole neighborhood?”  Keep windows and doors closed during the summer to keep that cool air where you want it – inside!
  9. Get With the Program – who wants to tinker with their thermostat all the time?  Use a programmable thermostat and let it do all the work for you.
  10. Five is Just Fine – and last, but certainly not least, is the pledge to take shorter showers and aim for five minutes.  Tip: get a shower timer and put it on the wall opposite of the showerhead so you can keep an eye on the time!
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