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Energy Conservation Habits for Home and Office

Habits and timing are big energy conservation tools. Here are a few great resourcces

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Recommended power conservation habits for people (and companies) to adopt:

For the Home

  1. Set your thermostat at 78-80 degrees when home, 85 degrees or off when away.
  2. Keep the refrigerator full (with bottles of water if nothing else and unplug that second unit.
  3. Switch off lights when you leave a room.
  4. Avoid using appliances during peak hours of late afternoon and evening, 4-6 p.m. being most critical.
  5. Reset your pool pump to run during off peak hours.

For the Office

  1. Turn off computer monitors when you're away from yur desk (it's the biggest power drain of your computer system)
  2. Turn off lights and computers in empty offices
  3. Switch OFF the coffee maker at 10 a.m., leave a full pot and reheat individual mugs in the microwave.
  4. Leave half of the room's overhead lighting off -- it's a double savings -- less light also means less heat, so it reduces yur air conditioning costs.
  5. Check that office thermostats are set at 78-80 degrees during the day, 85 degrees or off evenings and weekends.

Conservation counts! And conservation saves!

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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