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Energy Tips

Energy Use - Computers, monitors and other office equipment will use less energy and last longer if they are left running all the time--WRONG.  Turning equipment off over night does not shorten its life and the small surge of power that occurs when devices are turned on is much smaller than the energy used by running equipment when it is not needed.

Furnaces & Air Conditioners - Running your furnace or air conditioning 24/7 is less expensive because it costs more to cool or heat the entire area if you turn it off when you are not home--WRONG. It is less expensive in the long run to turn furnace or air conditioning down when you are not home.

Bottled Water - Water bottle manufacturing burns up 1.5 million barrels of oil, enough to power 100,000 cars for a year.  It also leaves 2 million tons of plastic bottles in U.S. landfills. Use refillable bottles whenever you can.

Clean & Cheap Power - The cleanest and cheapest Kilowatt of power is the one you don't use.

Energy Star Appliances - If just 1 in 10 homes used ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.

Gadgets - TV's, VCR's, DVD's, stereos, computers, iPOD's, cell phone chargers, smoke alarms, coffee makers etc. can account for 55% of your electrical usage when you keep them all plugged in all the time.