Seven Simple Steps to Save Energy from US Consumer Report

September 7, 2010 (Coal Geology): The Consumer report for US energy investigation is out. Though U.S. use more energy than most other countries, energy consumption per capita was at its lowest level in 41 years in 2009. Americans are definitely getting more sensitive to energy. The US consumers purchased energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances and used  dryers less than they have been in the past. According to the survey by the Consumer Report, forty four percent have purchased an Energy Star appliance, while twenty three percent have upgraded to a more energy-efficient heating or cooling system. While most of the Americans  are trying best to reduce electricity bills specially when the economy is weak, some others (about 36%) are becoming energy efficient to take advantage of a rebate ot credit.

Consumer Reports has identified seven simple steps that consumers can take to save on energy costs as listed below:
1. Jettison the lead foot. Obeying speed limits and avoiding hard acceleration and breaking will add several mpg to the fuel efficiency of a midsized car. Yearly savings – $200
2. Program the thermostat. Trim up to 20 percent from the heating and cooling bills by adjusting temperatures 5 to 10 degrees at night or when no one is home.  Devices cost about $80 and some utilities offer rebates. Yearly savings – $200
3. Fix leaky ducts. Pay a heating and cooling pro to seal and insulate ducts that run through the home, especially in unconditioned spaces.  Yearly savings – $400
4. Stop pre-rinsing. Washing dishes before putting them in the washer wastes up to 6,500 gallons of water per year. Consumer Reports tests show that it’s unnecessary. Yearly savings – $75
5. Adjust modes. Manufacturers often ship TVs in “retail mode” to ensure best quality, but the more efficient “home mode” is fine for most types
of viewing. Yearly savings – $30 – $60
6. Tame hidden energy use. Between 5 and 10 percent of residential electricity goes to devices that draw power when they are off or in
standby mode. Video games are a major offender. Turn them off when they are not in use. Yearly savings – $125
7. Wash in cold water. Tide 2X Ultra for Cold Water for traditional washers ranked best in Consumer Reports testing in removing grass, wine, and other tough stains. Yearly savings – $60

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