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Energy Saving Tips
Refrigerators

1) Select a refrigerator with an external water/ice dispenser to minimize the frequency you open the refrigerator for filtered water and the freezer for ice.

2) Buy a bottom freezer or French door refrigerator, as both refrigerator styles use about 16 percent less energy than side by side models, according to the Consumer Energy Center.

3) Choose a refrigerator with a manual defrost freezer, as it uses half the energy of an automatic defrost model. This refrigerator must be defrosted regularly, however, to remain energy efficient.

4) Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. If air is escaping, your refrigerator's compressor is working harder to keep the compartment cold.

5) Look for a refrigerator with an Energy Star label or a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) rating. The CEE defines appliance energy ratings by assigning tiers appropriate to energy usage. The three tiers are determined by the percentage that the product is more efficient than the federal standard - the higher the tier, the more efficient the appliance.

Air Conditioners


1) Turn your AC off or put it on a higher temperature setting while you're not in the room. Some guidelines suggest 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away.

2) If your AC has a timer (or even if it doesn't, use a programmable wall outlet timer with your room AC), set it at the appropriate time when you'll be home or an hour before you get home to cool the room.

3) Clean or replace your room AC's filter monthly. A dirty filter restricts air flow.

4) Make sure your AC is properly installed and airtight around the edges of the window or wall. If air is escaping, your AC's compressor is working harder to keep the room cool.

5) Supplement your AC with a room fan to improve air movement to better cool the room.

6) Look for an AC with an Energy Star label or a Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) rating. The CEE defines appliance energy ratings by assigning tiers appropriate to energy usage. The three tiers are determined by the percentage that the product is more efficient than the federal standard—the higher the tier, the more efficient the appliance.

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