Ten ways to save energy in Puerto Rico

Saving energy in Puerto RicoSo after that little bogeyman post, let me get back to what I started this morning. There are some pretty simple things each of us can do to reduce our power bills. And no matter how green I think casa Don Dees is, there are still a few things on this list that I've yet to get to. Hint, we've got to go vampire hunting....So I hope you'll find a least one or two worth trying.

Ten ways to save energy
  1. Fluorescent Bulbs - Replace traditional, incandescent lighting with Energy Star® compact fluorescent bulbs and fixtures (especially in the lights you use most).
  2. Ceiling Fans - Installing ceiling fans in all of your bedrooms and using them instead of air conditioning can drastically cut your energy costs. Of course, this really isn't an option in Puerto Rico between May and September. Your use may vary, but most winter nights are cool enough with just a ceiling fan.
  3. Nazi Light Police - Keep lights off in unoccupied rooms and get in the habit of turning off the light every time you leave a room for more than a few minutes.
  4. Buy Smart - Purchase an Energy Star® rated high-efficiency furnace, water heater, washer/dryer, and dishwasher when it’s time to replace worn-out models
  5. Turn Down the A/C - Depending on the size of your home, you can save 3% on your cooling costs for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer. Raising the thermostat from 73 to 78 degrees can mean savings of up to 15% in cooling costs.
  6. Keep the Filters Clean - Check the A/C filter once a month by holding it up to a bright light. If you can't see through it, it's time to clean or replace the filter.
  7. Line Dry Some Clothes - Install a clothes line in the backyard, well if you have one. Make sure to wash your clothes using a fabric softener, and just hang'em out to dry. This works for a variety of clothes, but is clearly not for everything.
  8. Turn Down Your Refrigerator - Refrigerators account for about 20% of Household electricity use. Use a thermometer to set your refrigerator temperature as close to 37 degrees and your freezer as close to 3 degrees as possible.
  9. Keep A Lid On It - Always cook with lids on your pans, as this keeps the heat inside and speeds up cooking time.
  10. Vampire Electronics - I left this till last to give a bit more background. Disconnecting electronics equipment that use stand-by power can save you at least 5% off of your current power bill. It's estimated that each home has anywhere from 10 to 50 of these energy sucking vampires. Some examples of products that consume stand-by power are:
    • internal clocks and sensors (computers)
    • external clock displays and panel display LEDs (microwaves)
    • remote control sensors (televisions)
    • battery rechargers
    • communications between a base unit and a portable unit (portable phone).

    The recommended solution to this problem is to buy a power strip. Plug your vampires into it, and use the power strip on/off switch to completely shut off power to the equipment.
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