Saving Energy Is Easy!

It’s hard to imagine life without electricity. In our homes, we rely on it to power our lights, appliances, and electronics. Many of us also use electricity to provide our homes with hot water, heat, and air conditioning. There are many ways you can use less electricity right now!

•Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees lower. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s heating and cooling costs!

•Turn off lights and all electronics (like computers, televisions, stereos, and video-games) when you leave a room.

•Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals.

•Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers after 8 p.m.

•Open your blinds or curtains on sunny winter days to let the sun shine into your home.

•Save hot water by taking short showers instead of baths.

•Install a hot water recirculating system that is powered by thermal convection, has a temperature controlled by-pass valve and requires no electricity to operate. There is no water waste with this type of system, and it also minimizes energy waste since it only re-circulates when the hot water at your faucet cools below your desired temperature and can also prevent pipe freezing.

•Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

•Occasionally hold a ribbon up to the edges of your home’s windows. If air is leaking into, or out of, the house, the ribbon will move. If you find a leak, let someone in your family know so they can fix it.

•TVA’s energy right program helps you find ways to make your home or business more energy-efficient and lower your power bills.

•You can set up a rain barrel to collect the water that runs off your roof and use it water the lawn or wash the car. Find out why rain barrels are such a good idea.

•Change incandescent light bulbs to light-emitting diode (LED) lights. These lights can be used in traffic signals, crosswalk signs, and even holiday displays. LED lights have an extremely long life span and use much less energy than incandescent bulbs. Switching to LED lighting can save 40 to 70 percent of the electricity a city uses for certain lights in parking garages, parking lots, outdoor parks, and on streets.

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