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    Wash clothes in cold water to save $63 a year.

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    Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.

  • 3

    Use your window shades. Close blinds in the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.

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    Turn off all lights, appliances, and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once. (Sometimes the simplest things are really effective!)

  • 5

    Change to new and improved light bulbs. Reduce energy use from about a third to as much as 80% with today's increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescent, CFLs, and LEDs.

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    Look for the Energy Start label, the government's symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.

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    Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.

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    Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool

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    Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially-designed "blanket" to retain the heat.

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    Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing home comfort.