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Replace Your Old Refrigerator


If you moved your old kitchen refrigerator to the basement or garage when you got a new one, that old one is costing you dearly.


Just because your 15- or 20- or 30-year-old refrigerator is still working doesn’t mean it’s work- ing well.


Old-model refrigerators are energy hogs and can use up to $200 more electricity each year than a newer, energy-efficient appliance. And left in an unin- sulated garage that also is not air conditioned, that price tag is even steeper.


In fact, a refrigerator built in the 1970s uses five times more electricity than a new, high- efficiency Energy Star-rated model. Want to know how much you can save by replacing an old refrigerator? Visit En- ergy Star’s Refrigerator Re- tirement Savings Calculator at www.energystar.gov/index. cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calcula- tor.


Save Money by Running Your Appliances After Dark


When it’s hot outside, the best time to run your dishwash- er or do the laundry is after dark.


Heat-producing appliances make your house hotter, and that makes your air conditioner work harder. The harder it works, the more it costs you in energy bills.


Same goes for your oven and stove. Consider cooking dinner on the gril and heating up food in the microwave oven, which doesn’t add heat to the air.


When you do run your washing machine, minimize the amount of moisture and heat build-up it produces in the


laundry room by cleaning the lint from its filter after every use and by having your dryer vent properly vented to the out- side of your house, of course cleaned out once a year so it works efficiently and doesn’t become a fire hazard. It might seem like running your kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans would be a good way to clear stale, hot air from the house and it is, after you cook a meal or take a hot shower. But turn those fans off as soon as the air clears. Run- ning a vent fan for just one hour will suck up a whole houseful of air-conditioned air and blow it outdoors.


When the weather is extra


hot, no effort to conserve en- ergy is too small to make a dif- ference on your bill and to your family’s comfort.


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number in this newsletter, call our office, identify yourself and the number. We will credit your electric bill $25. The number may be located anywhere in the newsletter and is chosen at random. If you don’t know your account


number, call our office or look on your bill. To get the credit, you must call before the next month’s newsletter is mailed.


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