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April 26, 2018

8:AM – 4:PM

Monday to Friday

555 Republic Drive

Plano, Texas 75074

(833) 4MY-RATE

Energy Saving Tips for the Home – LIVING ROOM

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The living room is where the family all gather, to spend quality time and engage in social activities. A few simple steps can also transform it into one of the more energy efficient rooms in your house.

Light Switch

  • Always turn off the lights when leaving any room (or when it’s not in use).

Outlet

  • Unplug any battery chargers or power adapters when not in use.
  • Use inexpensive outlet gaskets to seal any holes around outlets.

Windows

  • Caulk and weather-strip areas around doors and windows to prevent air leakage.
  • Replace window screens with storm windows during winter as an extra barrier against cold air.
  • Learn more:
    • ENERGY STAR certified windows can save you anywhere from $150-$500 annually in energy costs.
    • Cut drafts, increase home comfort and help preserve interior furnishings with properly installed ENERGY STAR certified windows.

Table Lamp

  • Replace standard light fixtures and bulbs with ENERGY STAR certified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) that provide a high quality light, use less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.
  • Learn more:
    • Table and floor lamps are two of the most used light fixtures in a home.
    • Conventional torchiere lamp wattage can be among the highest in the home.
    • Look for ENERGY STAR certified lighting options in hardware stores, lighting showrooms, retail outlets and online stores.

Drapes

  • WINTER TIP: keep drapes open during daylight to take advantage of the sun’s heat.
  • During warm weather, draw the curtains and drapes to keep the room cooler.

Ceiling Fan with Lighting

  • Depending upon how they’re used, ceiling fans can help reduce energy costs while providing home comfort.
  • Learn more:
    • WINTER TIP: most ceiling fans have a switch allowing you to rotate the blades in reverse, creating a gentle updraft forcing warm air near the ceiling down into the living area.
    • In the summer, make sure your ceiling fan is blowing air downwards into the living area.
    • On hot days, turn up the thermostat by two degrees and use your ceiling fan to lower air conditioning costs by up to 14%.
    • Use low wattage compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in the ceiling light fixture for cooler light bulbs and greater energy savings.
    • Turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room; fans only cool people, not rooms.

TV/DVD

  • Invest in electronics that are ENERGY STAR certified.
  • ENERGY STAR certified products use less energy without sacrificing quality or performance
  • Learn more:
    • Consumer electronics account for 15% of household electricity usage.
    • Many electronic products continue to use energy even when switched off.
    • ENERGY STAR certified products conserve energy when switched off while still maintaining clock displays, channel settings and remote control functions.
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