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Energy Efficiency Tip: Five Ways to Spring into Energy Efficiency


Spring marks a perfect time of year to make your home more energy effi- cient. Here are five quick tips that will save energy and money:


1. Seal cracks and gaps around your home. As you put away your storm windows, consider adding weather stripping around leaky doors and caulking around window frames. TogetherWeSave.com a website sponsored by Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, the branding pro- gram of the nation’s not-for-profit, member-owned electric co-ops, shows how easy it is to use a caulk- ing gun to seal up leaks around vents, ductwork and windows. A typical cooperative member can save more than $200 annually by taking this simple step.


2. Change furnace and air condi- tioner filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling system by making it work harder on hot summer days.


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3. Clean the refrigerator inside and out. Now’s a good time to not only throw out that leftover fruitcake from the holidays, but also check the temperature settings on your refrigerator. Ideally, a refrigerator’s temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum operating efficiency. When it’s time to replace that old refrigerator, be sure to buy one that’s Energy Star rated. These en- ergy-efficient appliances can save cooperative members as much as $100 a year based on calculations from TogetherWeSave.com.


4. Think sun block. TogetherWe- Save.com points out by pulling down the shades on your windows this spring and summer, you could save about $35 a year. Your local retail store likely carries many window coverings. Best of all, by blocking the sun, your house will stay cool and comfortable during the hot summer months.


5. Enjoy spring breezes. Use a clothesline during warmer months and let sunlight and breezes dry clothes naturally. This will reduce your electric bill by not running a dryer and add a genuine clean scent to your family’s laundry.


You can learn more about ways to lower your monthly energy bill by visiting TogetherWeSave.com or by calling energy expert Ray Chambers at Central Rural Electric Cooperative at 405-372-2884.


Ray Chambers, CEM, CEP, CEA SES Commercial Energy Advisors


Cenergy|www.cenergy.coop


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