Sep 25, 2005

Tips on Saving Energy and Water

These tips were included in my Los Angeles Department of Water & Power bill:
  1. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.
  2. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact flourescent lamps where appropriate.
  3. Close drapes, shades and blinds to reduce extra heat from sunlight (or open them in cold weather) and check your home for adequate insulation.
  4. Plant shade trees to reduce heat gain in the house and help with water runoff.
  5. Install and use ceilings fans or whole house fans.
  6. Set the air conditioner to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
  7. When adding new plants to your yard, use native or other drought-tolerant plants.
  8. Clean or replace air condition filters every month.
  9. Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coil of your refrigerator and check the door gasket for a tight fit.
  10. Buy appliances with the "Energy Star" label.
  11. Check your sprinklers for leaks and make sure you are not watering the sidewalk or street.
  12. Do not water lawns on windy days or during the hottest time of the day, when the evaporation rate is high.

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