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ENERGY USE

Conserving energy, by taking actions such as understanding your monthly electricity bill better, turning appliances off and setting them to automatically go into standby or hibernate mode, purchasing Energy Star certified (high efficiency) appliances, and continually adjusting your lighting and thermostat, is usually the smartest, most economical and most potent environmental action you can take. Greener energy supplies may provide the cleanest electricity, but the first step to take is always minimizing the energy we need before selecting an energy source. Whenever you save energy, you not only save money, you preserve clean air to breathe and you also reduce the demand for such fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.

Effect on Utility Bills

Understand your energy use by reviewing utility bills and monitoring how you use lighting, appliances, thermostats, and electronics. Your home office also tends to have energy-hungry equipment.

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Thermostat

You can easily manage your home comfort while using less energy.  Programmable thermostats typically have anywhere from two to six temperature settings daily, allowing you to design your own settings based on your schedule. 

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Lighting

Update light fixtures and lower energy use during your remodeling projects by using Energy Star certified fixtures and ceiling fans. Lighting controls can also help reduce electricity costs from lighting.   

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Appliances

If you’re making the investment to upgrade or purchase new appliances with your remodel, look for appliances bearing the Energy Star logo.

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Insulation, Air Sealing & Moisture Management

With rising energy costs and a growing concern for our environment, it is important to address and correct all the ways our homes use or conserve energy. This will result in substantial savings and reduced environmental impact.

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