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2014 Updated Energy Saver Guide

12 September 2014

This summer the Energy Department updated their Energy Saver Guide. This guide gives tips and suggestions on how to reduce energy use throughout a home. It’s like the Minnesota Energy Challenge in a book! It is a great, easy to read guide that covers everything from smart power strips to transportation.  I highlight 5 energy saving actions from the guide to give you a sense of what is covered!

  1. Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  2. Caulk and weather-strip air leaks. Common air leaks happen around windows and doors and around any plumbing, orwindow electrical come into your home.
  3. During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  4. Strategically planted trees and shrubs on the south and west side of your home will let light in the winter and shade in the summer.
  5. Make sure to your water heater to 120 degrees to reduce the risk of scalding and save on water heating costs. More on how to do this on the Energy Challenge.

For more tips check out the updated Energy Savers guide.

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