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Money-saving Tips


Low-cost ways to save energy

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Air-dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying cycle
  • Turn off computer and monitor when not used for extended periods of time
  • Plug home electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when not in use
  • Lower thermostat on hot water heater to 120°F
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes
  • Clean/replace AC filters monthly. Cleaning or replacing dirty air filters can save 5% of the energy used to run the AC system
  • Close the air vent in the laundry room
  • Caulk or weatherstrip air leaks. Visit this Caulking and Weatherstripping Online Brochure for how-to information.
  • Repair leaky air ducts. Leaky air ducts are recognized as a major source of energy waste and can prevent HVAC systems from working properly. Request a duct system test from your home's energy provider.
  • Close the blinds and shades during the day to keep out the sun's heat

Get a free energy audit

A representative from the Gainesville Regional Utilities will come to your home and inspect the windows and doors for leaks, the insulation, and water heater and piping. To schedule an appointment, call (352)-393-1460.

Calculate how much energy your home uses at the Department of Energy's Home Energy Saver.

Most large appliances are sold with a yellow energy efficiency label. Buying a new appliance?…Look for EnergyStar!

EnergyStar® is a government-backed program to help you protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. EnergyStar appliances use significantly less energy and water than older models.

In addition, most large appliances are sold with a yellow energy efficiency label. These labels should be carefully examined and compared with similar products for the most energy and cost efficient product for you.

For more information and a list of EnergyStar certified products, check out http://www.energystar.gov

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