LPEA challenges member-customers to "Save your Energy"
Every little bit helps when it comes to "saving your energy." Some work around the house, a slight change in habits – it can add up to quite a bit of energy and dollars saved each year. Larger investments can save even more energy over time, as well as increase the value of your home. A study by "The Appraisal Journal" found that the selling price of homes increased by $20.73 for every $1 decrease in energy bills. If your energy bills average $1,500 per year and you saved $400 per year, your home value would increase by $8,300.
Numerous web sites feature comprehensive suggestions, instructions and resources for saving your energy (see adjacent links for a selection), but LPEA encourages you to start here. Think of saving energy as a challenge or a game you can play with your family. How many of the following tips can you implement? The reward will be lower energy bills, and less stress on our entire electric system. To follow your success in real kilowatt hours, visit your account history, see what you consumed last year and compare your monthly use once you start implementing these suggestions.
Energy Saving Tips – Laundry
Wash In Cold Water
Heating water accounts for more than 10 percent of an average home’s total energy use and up to 80 percent of the energy used while washing clothes. Many people believe that the hotter the water, the cleaner the clothes. Many clothes, however, do just as well being washed in cold water as in hot – especially when using a detergent made for cold water.
Scale Back On The Clothes Dryer
Conserve energy by taking advantage of the clothesline – air dry clothes whenever possible. When using the dryer, set the moisture sensor option to automatically shut off the dryer when the clothes are dry. If your clothes washer has spin options, choose a high spin speed or extended spin option to reduce the amount of remaining moisture, thus starting the drying process before you put your clothes in the dryer.
Whenever possible, wash only full loads – but don’t overload the washer. Dry clothes in consecutive loads so the drum doesn’t have time to cool down. LPEA offers rebates for purchase of new energy efficient Energy Star washers and clothes dryers.