Ten things you can do to save energy around the house – Part Four

7. Turn down your thermostat – reducing the temperature in your house by a few degrees can save a significant amount of energy, whether it be a fossil fuel, wood, or electricity that warms your house. It cracks me up when people complain about being cold at 70 degrees in the winter, and being hot at 65 degrees in the summer.
8. Use power strips for all your transformers and instant-on appliances. Those “bricks” that convert line current to direct current for computers, printers, cell phone chargers, etc., use electricity even when they are not powering any devices. And appliances that come on instantly, like your TV, also use power when they are off. Using a power strip that you can switch off when you are not using the device will help reduce your electric usage.

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As founding member of Net Zero Renewable Resources, LLC (NZRR), Lee is involved in all aspects of renewable projects, from meeting with prospective customers to ascertain their renewable energy goals, to designing systems, and facilitating and overseeing all aspects of the installation. Having designed and installed his own solar electric backup system in 1999 and currently living off the grid in a home powered completely by solar, Lee understands the intricacies of renewable energy and is able to explain complex systems in easy-to-understand terms.
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