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The quickest and easiest way to reduce our carbon footprint is through energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit that is lying on the ground. — Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu; May 26, 2009 Times of London

Washington Energy Consumption

Four Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Start Saving Immediately

1. Check the furnace filter every month.

A new filter can improve air quality, cut your utility bills, and add to your furnace’s lifespan. Change it asap if it’s grey and bulging in the middle. Quick Tips: Mark your calendar to help remember. Buy the filters by the case when you see them on sale. If you change them regularly, you can buy the less expensive type. Consider micro-allergen style for near-HEPA performance.

2. Install a programmable thermostat—It will pay for itself in one year!

Setting a 10%–15% difference can cut your utility bills by 10%. Look for the EnergyStar seal.

3. Adjust the temperature of your fridge, freezer, and hot-water tank.

Pickup a fridge thermometer and set your freezer to +3F. Set the refrigerator to +36F. Check your hot water tank temperature at the nearest faucet with a kitchen meat thermometer. 120F is the optimal temp. Because water changes temperature slowly, adjust in small increments and recheck after 24 hours. Switch to a rebated efficient showerhead.

4. Switch to LED lighting.

LED light bulbs are an emerging technology that are super-efficient with few downsides.  Look for a color range around 2700K.  Research compatibility between specific bulbs and dimmer switches.  Seattle City Light has instant rebates at many local retailers.  Replace recessed lights with an integrated air-sealed retrofit kit.

Curious about Energy Efficiency?

Energy Savers
The U.S. Dept. of Energy extensive website about saving energy and money

Washington State’s Official Energy Guide
Tips for Washington State Residents and Small Business Operators. Includes facts about our transportation use.

ENERGY STAR helps us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Energy Star at Home
Take a room-by-room tour of ENERGY STAR @ home and learn what you can do to save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home.

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