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Evergreen, CO 80437

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Free - Things That Cost Nothing and Save Cash

  • Turn down water heater thermostats as appropriate.

  • Turn off lights when leaving a room.

  • Set thermostats to 680F in winter when you're home, and down to 550F when you go to bed or when you're away. (Programmable thermostats do this automatically).

  • Use energy-saving settings on washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators.

  • Avoid wasting water, hot or cold, inside or outside your home.

  • Clean your refrigerator's condenser coils once a year.

  • Air-dry your clothes, when practical.

  • Close heating vents in unused rooms.

  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets (5 percent of water "use" is leakage).

  • Close drapes (and windows) during sunny summer days and after sunset in the winter.

Simple and Inexpensive - Things That Will Pay for Themselves in Lower Energy Bills in Less Than a Year

  • Install a water-saving 2.5-gallon-per-minute showerhead ($15).

  • Install water-efficient faucet heads for your kitchen and bathroom sinks ($2 each).

  • Install a programmable thermostat ($26).

  • In the attic and basement, plug the air leaks a cat could crawl through, and replace and re putty broken window panes (about $20).

  • Clean or change the air filter on your warm-air heating system during winter and on air conditioning units in the summer ($2).

  • Install an R-7 or R-11 water heater wrap ($12).

  • Insulate the first three feet of hot and inlet cold water pipes ($6).

  • Install a compact fluorescent light bulb in the fixture you use the most ($15).

The above lists, as well as ideas for saving energy and money over a "payback" period of one to fifteen years, appear on the Rocky Mountain Institute's website at:

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