Temperatures are on the rise but simple changes to everyday routines like washing dishes, doing laundry and keeping cool inside can help Avista customers manage their energy bills while staying cool and comfortable. A few simple, no-cost measures include:
In the Kitchen
· Run only a full dishwasher and use your dishwasher's automatic energy-savings cool-dry cycle. If your dishwasher doesn't have this feature, turn it off after the final rinse and let the dishes air dry. Doing this can reduce dishwasher energy usage by 40 percent.
· Vacuum your refrigerator’s coils, located on the back or underneath your appliance. Regular cleaning can improve your refrigerator’s efficiency by 3 to 6 percent, saving between $6 and $14 a year in energy costs.
· Use your microwave or small appliances instead of the oven or cook top. Not only do the small appliances cost less to operate, but you will reduce cooking heat in the kitchen which can cause an air conditioning system to turn on and drive up energy costs.
In the Laundry Room
· Wash your laundry in cold water when possible. In top-load models, about 90 percent of the cost per load is to heat the water.
· Do laundry after 7:00 p.m. to reduce unwanted heat and humidity in your home or dry clothes outside on a line to save energy and avoid the heat a dryer generates.
· Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
Around the House
· Reduce the temperature setting on your electric hot water heater to 120° F.
· Use heat producing appliances – dishwashers, ovens, ranges, dryers – after 7 p.m.
· Look for ENERGY STARâ certified ceiling fans that can do a better job moving air up to 20 percent more efficiently than conventional models. In summer, ceiling fan blades should be set to force the air down at you, which in most cases is a counter-clockwise direction.
To Keep Cool Inside
· Set your thermostat at the highest comfortable setting, 78° F or higher, if possible. Each degree over 70° F can save approximately 3 percent on your cooling bill.
· Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature settings several times per day on a preset schedule.
· Close shades, blinds or draperies on unshaded glass areas to reduce heat gain by as much as 50 percent.
Every little bit counts when it comes to energy efficiency. To learn more about Avista’s available energy efficiency programs, information, and rebates, visit www.everylittlebit.com. There you can also learn about how your home efficiency projects may qualify for Federal energy tax credits.
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