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Transcript of Energy Conservation
in our homes Laundry Outside Spaces bedroom http://www.lower-my-energybill.com/index.html Winter Energy Saving Tips energy efficient windows Turn off lights
when you leave
the room Use a ceiling fan unplug chargers when not being used
plug electronics into a power strip and turn off at night
use your computer's sleep mode or turn off the moniter when not in use
if going to be away from your computer for longer than 20-30 minutes, turn it off Set summer
temp higher Set Winter
temp lower Use extra blankets
on your bed during
the winter Open windows at
night during the
summer heat control window film window treatments Wear lighter clothes Use weather stripping around windows and doors. Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks and adding insulation can save about 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
* Watch the video later on winterizing your home to see how to test your doors and check for leaks around the outside of your home. A energy star rated door can reduce heat loss. They are steel or have a solid core. Have your HVAC system maintained once a year. This will ensure that it is running at its most efficient. While it is important to have a HVAC system that is Energy Star rated, it is just as important to have the right size compressor for your space. Like the littlest bear, you want your system to be "Just Right" for your size home. Energy efficient windows can reduce energy costs by 7 to 15% annually. Shade trees on the west and southwest sides of your home can lower heating and cooling bills. These solar path lights get their electricity from the sun. They are very inexpensive and cost $0 to run. They are also easy to install. Using energy efficient washers and dryers assists with water conservation. Use cold waters settings as often as possible to reduce water hearter costs and usage wear season appropriate
pajamas First Floor Dining Room
Office Living Room Kitchen Cooking Range/ Oven
use the correct size pot on the stove burners
cover pots and pans to keep in heat
gas range? keep burners clean to ensure maximum efficency
don't open oven too often, it releases heat and makes the oven work harder
Microwave/ Toater Oven
use to heat smaller portions/ shorter cook time
especially in the summer when using the oven produces more heat and works your AC more
you can also choose to grill in the summer time Sink/Faucet
check all sinks for leaking faucets
install a low flow faucet aerator to limit the amount of water
elminate washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
just scrap food off dishes before placing in the dishwasher
if the dishes need to sit overnight then run the rinse cycle
try to always run full loads because the same amount of water is used either way
select the no-heat dry option
try to run the dishwasher at night so that the heat from the dishwasher has gone away before you wake up and then are clean for you in the morning Cleaning Cooling Refrigerator
set temperature to 35 to 38 degrees
minimize the time your fridge door is spent open!!
place your fridge away from a heat source and out of direct sunlight
allow air circulation behind the fridge
keep condenser coils clean on older models
check that the seals around the doors are airtight, if not replace them Heating and Cooling Heater and Air Conditioner
Check your air filter reguarly, at least once a month.
Install a programmable thermostat to use especially at time when you are away
Seal and insulate heating and cooling ducts
Close doors and vents in rooms that are not used often or when finished
open the chimney flue in the summer to circulate the warm air and close in the winter to keep in the heat Lighting replace the five most frequently used lighting fixture with CFL bulbs (including desk lamps)
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs
turn off lights when not in use! Set sleep timers Electronics in summer wear heavier clothes in winter Wash clothes in large loads one day a week Basement Game Room
& Office Keep all electronic games
powered off when not in use. Use Energy friendly lighting
for longer usage. Keep all windows closed
and insulated Click on the video below to follow
how a family learned to conserve
energy Remove lint from dryer immediately after use to ensure that heat is being distributed. The Essential Question: Which ways can energy be conserved at home and in the community? The Big Idea:
Energy Conservation Question #1: How does electricity work? Question #2: How is energy produced? Question #3: Which renewable sources of energy
are currently available in your community? Question #4: Which areas of your home use the most and least amount of electricity? Guiding Questions The Challenge: Investigate and determine different methods as to how we can conserve energy. Credits
Outdoor Spaces: Rebecca Buckhoff
Bedrooms: Courtney Radcliffe
First Floor: Jessica Neubauer
Basement: Erica Cotto Bibliography and and Image Source List are viewable on the group wiki page.
http://edim502group1.wikispaces.com Summer Energy Saving Tips