Energy _ Water Saving Tips from Whirlpool

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					     Ceiling Fan                                                                                      Lighting
 Use ceiling fans to move air. Moving air makes higher                                            Turn off your lights when they are not being used.
 temperatures and humidity levels feel comfortable. Fans can                                      Install ENERGY STAR® qualified lighting in the fixtures you use the most. These use
 also help delay or reduce the need for air conditioning.                                         75% less energy, produce 70% less heat than incandescent lights, and will last 6-10
 During the summer months, make sure your ceiling fan is                                          times longer.
 set to push air down (counter-clockwise) from the ceiling.                                       Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when
 On hotter days, lower your air conditioning costs by up to                                       brighter light is not necessary.
 14%. Dial your thermostat up by 2 degrees and use your                                           Avoid “long-life” or rough-service light bulbs as these are less efficient.
 ceiling fan.
 During the winter, reverse your ceiling fan motor so that the                                                           Dishwasher
 blades push air up towards the ceiling (clockwise). The fan                                                          ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwashers can save you up to $25
 will drive the warm air back down around the edges of the                                                            annually in energy costs.
 room, resulting in more even heating.                                                                                Let dishes air-dry to save energy.
                                                                                                                      Run your dishwasher late in the evening to avoid the peak hours.
REMINDER: Turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the
          room. Fans only cool people, not the room itself.                                                     Cooking
                                                                                                             On hot days, avoid preparing meals that require you to use your range or
    Room Air Conditioner                                                                                     oven extensively.
 ENERGY STAR® qualified room air conditioners (RAC)                                                          Cook with a full oven, preparing dishes that can be cooked at the same time.
 use at least 10% less energy than standard models.                                                          Use pots and pans with flat bottoms that fit the burners. A 6” pot on an 8”
 Check the setting on your air conditioner. Make sure                                                        burner wastes over 40% of that burner’s heat. Using the right sized pot can
 the “fresh air” vent on the RAC is closed so that you are                                                   save up to $36 annually for an electric range, and $18 for a gas range.
 not cooling the outside air.                                                                                Don’t open the oven door during cooking; each time you open the door, you
 Put the air conditioner in a north-facing or shaded                                                         lose about 25-30° of heat.
 window.                                                                                                     Use leftover heat as a food warmer. Turn off the oven immediately when
                                                                                                             you are finished cooking. The oven retains heat for up to 30 minutes after it
                                                                                                             has been turned off.
    Hot Water Heater                                                                                         Use microwave ovens to save energy. You can reduce cooking energy by as
 Set the hot water heater’s thermostat at 120° F.                                                            much as 80% when using your microwave for small portions.
 Wrap your water heater tank in an insulating blanket.                                                       Use the broiler when possible, which uses less energy and does not require
 Insulate your hot water pipes.                                                                              preheating.

    Furnace/Heating                                                                                        BONUS: Less heat is generated when using a microwave compared to a
 Remove and clean or replace filters monthly.                                                                     range, helping to lower air conditioning costs in the summer.
 Close drapes, blinds and shades to help retain heat.
 Set the thermostat as low as comfortably possible in the winter.
 Lower the thermostat in the winter when your home is unoccupied.

                                         Clothes Dryer                                        Refrigerator
                                      Dry full loads, but don’t overload your dryer.       Old refrigerators, made before 1993, use twice the energy as new ENERGY STAR® qualified
                                      Use the moisture-sensing setting, if available, to   models. These old models can cost an additional $90 or more per year to operate. Purchasing
                                      avoid over-drying.                                   a new ENERGY STAR® qualified model can save you $46-65 per year.
                                      Dry similar types of fabrics together.               Keep refrigerators stocked to reduce your overall energy usage.
                                      Clean the lint trap after each load. This simple     Keep refrigerator between 36° F and 38° F.
                                      step can save you up to $34 annually.                Keep your freezer between 0° F and 5 ° F.
 Compliments of:                      Keep your dryer’s outside exhaust clean.             You use 25% more energy by keeping your refrigerator and freezer temperatures 10° lower
                                                                                           than the recommended levels.
                                     BONUS: Energy efficient clothes washers spin          Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and
                                            clothes drier, resulting in lower drying       make the compressor work harder.

                                                                                               Sources: U.S. EPA, U.S. DOE, Flex Your Power, Bonneville Power Administration, CUWCC (2007-cg)
    Shower/Bathtub                                                                             Faucet
 Replace your current showerhead with a new model that uses                                Fixing a leaking faucet can save water and energy. Hot water
 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) or less. A new showerhead can                                leaking at a rate of 1 drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons
 also save up to $145 each year on electricity.                                            of water over the course of a year, as well as up to $35 in electricity
 Take shorter showers. A typical shower lasts about 8 minutes                              or natural gas bills.
 and uses about 17 gallons. An efficient shower lasts 3 or 4                               Catch/Keep drips to use for watering your indoor plants.
 minutes and uses 7.5 gallons. Shower timers are available if                              Install low-flow faucet aerators on your kitchen and bathroom
 you need a reminder.                                                                      sinks. The new faucet aerators can produce a 13% reduction in
 Taking even a 10 minute shower uses less water than a bath.                               daily per capita faucet water use. Hot water faucet use can be
 Turn off the water while soaping up or shampooing.                                        reduced by 10.6%.
 When taking a bath, only fill the tub with the water you need.                            In many places you are charged for wastewater based on the
 Make sure that your bathtub drain plug doesn’t leak. Replace the                          amount of water used, and, in some areas, wastewater charges are
 plug or plug washer if necessary.                                                         higher than water rates. The water savings achieved by replacing
 Check for and repair leaks in the tub diverter valve.                                     your faucet aerators will result in identical wastewater savings.
 Don’t let used bath water go to waste. Reuse bath water
 outdoors on your landscape.
                                                                                         Washing dishes by hand can use over 5,800 gallons of water per year.
                                                                                         An ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwasher uses 1,075 gallons annually,
     Toilet                                                                              saving up to 4,725 gallons per year vs. washing dishes by hand.
 Toilets built before 1982 can use between 5 and 7 gallons                               Pre-rinsing one load of dishes can use up to 20 gallons of water.
 of water per flush (gpf).                                                               Scrape dishes and let your dishwasher do the rest.
 Replacing an old toilet with a 1.6 gpf toilet can save a family                         ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwashers use 44% less water and are
 of 4 up to 14,000 gallons of water per year.                                            25% more energy efficient than non-qualifying dishwashers.
 A dual-flush toilet uses 0.8 gpf for liquids and 1.6 gpf for                            Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded.
 solids. Replacing an old toilet with a dual-flush toilet could
 save a family of 4 up to 17,000 gallons of water per year.                             BONUS: You can save yourself up to 230 hours per year by using a
                                                                                               dishwasher vs. hand washing dishes. (That’s a 10-day

    Clothes Washer
 ENERGY STAR® qualified clothes washers can save you between               Garden Hose/Sprinkler
 $45 and $130 per year on water and energy.                            Eliminating your weekly five minute pavement hose-down could save between 625 and
 Wash full loads but don’t overload your washer. Washing full loads    2,500 gallons of water per year, depending on the water flow rate and frequency of use.
 can save you 3,400 gallons of water each year.                        To wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles water.
 Always using cold for rinsing.                                        Attach a shutoff hose nozzle on your garden hose. A good quality hose nozzle should
                                                                       not leak or drip when in the off position. Check to make sure that your hose is not
BONUS: Since your clothes washer uses less water, you may not          leaking at the hose bib connection either. A hose washer will usually take care of hose
       need to use as much detergent.                                  bib leaks.

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                                                                      Sources: U.S. EPA, U.S. DOE, Flex Your Power, Bonneville Power Administration, CUWCC (2007-cg)

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