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Sunday, May 4, 2008  

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Earth Day this year affected me more than usual. Little things can help preserve our earth for our children and grandchildren. I compiled a list of "appliance-related" items to help conserve energy and the earth.

  • In the market for a new appliance? When you buy an appliance, you commit to paying both the first cost and the operating cost for as long as you own it. And over the life of an appliance, the energy cost to run it can be many times greater than the first cost. So it pays to buy an energy-efficient appliance.
  • Instead of ammonia-based cleaners, use vinegar and water or baking soda and water for cleaning your appliances.
  • Don’t use electric tools and appliances when hand-operated ones will do the job.
  • Air-dry laundry when possible. Only use your dryer when needed.
  • Avoid keeping refrigerator or freezer too cold. Government recommended temperature for fresh food is 38 degrees F. For freezers it’s 5 degrees F.
  • Don’t use excessive amounts of detergent. Presoak dirty laundry. Washing Machine parts
  • Install water-conserving showerheads and sink-faucet aerators.
  • Insulate your water heater. Turn it down to 121 degrees F.
  • Visit the hardware store. Buy low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and compact fluorescent light bulbs, as needed. These can be purchased from any hardware or home improvement store. Northern Tool Coupons
  • Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator to reduce cooking times and to ensure food safety.
  • Repair leaks and drips as soon as they occur. A moderate drip wastes two gallons of water or more per hour.
  • Use small electric pans and ovens to reduce energy use. Believe it or not, when burner pans become blackened from heavy use, they can absorb a lot of heat, reducing burner efficiency. You want them to remain shiny so they reflect heat up to the cookware.
  • Run your dishwasher only when full, and use the energy saver cycle. Don't hand-wash. Studies are showing more and more that, when used to maximize energy-saving features, modern dishwashers can outperform all but the most frugal hand washers.
  • Keep lint screen in dryer clean .

If you have any other tips - please post them in the comments. Let's keep helping each other out!


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Try using this tip: CHECK YOUR FURNACE. Especially oil furnace owners. If you want to go green, all you have to do is switch out your existing oil for a more "eco-friendly" kind. Check this site out:

It will help you make the switch much easier. Both on your mind and your wallet.

Hahahaha That's a good tip isn't it? You see, while working for NORA I have seen so many oil heat users not have the information handed to them. So I just thought by giving them a great link, it would give them a push in the right direction.
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