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1. Invest in LED Light Bulbs. LEDs cost about a $1 a year to operate and may last as long as 25 years.

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2. Install a Programmable Thermostat. Programming your home thermostat will lower utility bills and manage your cooling and heating systems efficiently.

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3. Lower the Water Heater Temperature. Lower the water heater from 140°F degrees to 120°F degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $2 a month.

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4. Wash Only Full Loads of Dishes and Clothes. If smaller loads of laundry are necessary, use less water and set your dishwasher to economy mode.

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5. Always Wash Clothes With Cold Water. Laundry detergent works just as well in cold water and you’ll save 40 cents per load.

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6. Clean the Lint Filter in Your Dryer. Cleaning the filter before every load will dry your clothes faster. Also, be sure to clean out the dryer duct work once a year.

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7. Minimize Phantom Loads. The term “phantom load” refers to the energy that an appliance or electronic device consumes when it is not actually turned on. Plug electronics into a power strip, and then turn off the strip when not in use.

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8. Avoid Energy Vampires. Even when they’re turned off, home electronics in “standby” mode use energy to power features like clock displays.

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9. Keep Your Freezer and Refrigerator Full. When your fridge and freezer are full they use less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer and refrigerator with gallon containers of water.

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10. Replace AC Filters Regularly. If you home air conditioning filter is clean it will help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling costs.

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11. Look for the ENERGY STAR® Labels. ENERGY STAR products, such as appliances, electronics and light bulbs, meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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12. Use Ceiling Fans. Ceiling fans are great to cool you, but make sure you turn them off when you’re not in the room; a fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.

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Just by simply following these tips, we are confident you can save energy and lower your energy bill significantly. Let’s save more than just the planet.