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11 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Save Energy Around The House

Saving energy around your home is easy. And now you can save at the same time with coupons for energy-saving items at participating retailers.

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1. Use the lid while cooking on the stovetop.

It makes your cooking more efficient by reducing your energy consumption by up to 14%. That's science!
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It makes your cooking more efficient by reducing your energy consumption by up to 14%. That's science!

2. Reheat leftovers with the microwave instead of the stove.

Microwaves use up to 50% less energy than electric stoves.
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Microwaves use up to 50% less energy than electric stoves.

3. A little mood lighting goes a long way.

Installing dimmer switches for overhead lights can reduce the amount of energy you use and extend the life of your lightbulbs. That's what we call a win-win.
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Installing dimmer switches for overhead lights can reduce the amount of energy you use and extend the life of your lightbulbs. That's what we call a win-win.

4. Adjust your thermostat when you're away.

Lower it in the winter and raise it in the summer so you don't waste energy heating and cooling an unoccupied home. Smart thermostats even allow you to do this during the day while you're away at work.
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Lower it in the winter and raise it in the summer so you don't waste energy heating and cooling an unoccupied home. Smart thermostats even allow you to do this during the day while you're away at work.

5. -18°C is the magic number for your freezer.

A freezer set to just five to six degrees colder can use up to 25% more energy. And for what purpose? Frozen is frozen.
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A freezer set to just five to six degrees colder can use up to 25% more energy. And for what purpose? Frozen is frozen.

6. Clean your dryer's exhaust vent.

This helps your dryer run more efficiently. You can use a vacuum to suck out all the lint that builds up over time.
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This helps your dryer run more efficiently. You can use a vacuum to suck out all the lint that builds up over time.

7. Wrap your electric hot water tank.

Wrapping your hot water tank with an electric water heater blanket can reduce residual heat loss by up to 40%. That's huge energy conservation.
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Wrapping your hot water tank with an electric water heater blanket can reduce residual heat loss by up to 40%. That's huge energy conservation.

8. Make sure outdoor lights use motions sensors.

These lights are easy to leave on by mistake during the day time. A motion sensor takes care of this problem for you.
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These lights are easy to leave on by mistake during the day time. A motion sensor takes care of this problem for you.

9. Use advanced power strips to save electricity.

Your electronics can still use power when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Using advanced power strips can help to reduce such phantom energy use.
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Your electronics can still use power when they’re plugged in, even if they’re turned off. Using advanced power strips can help to reduce such phantom energy use.

10. Weatherstrip everything.

Weatherstripping your doors and windows is an easy way to insulate your home and save on energy costs.
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Weatherstripping your doors and windows is an easy way to insulate your home and save on energy costs.

11. And, of course, invest in energy-efficient appliances.

Energy star appliances use substantially less energy. Over time, these savings offset the cost of the appliances themselves. It's smart shopping.
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Energy star appliances use substantially less energy. Over time, these savings offset the cost of the appliances themselves. It's smart shopping.

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All tips taken from Save on Energy.