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Earth Saving Tips from Earth Share - More Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill

Here's a simple checklist of things you can do today to lower your energy bills:

1. Reduce the temperature of your hot water to 120F. You'll save energy and avoid scalding your hands.

2. Install an insulating blanket around your hot water cylinder. It will soon pay for itself.

3. Use energy-saving settings on refrigerators, dish-washers, washing machines, and clothes dryers. Air-dry your dishes instead of using the dishwasher's heater.

4. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents. These can save up to 75% of electricity used for lighting. The best targets are 60- to 100-watt bulbs that are on several hours each day.

5. Seal up the largest air leaks in your home - the ones that feel drafty or whistle on windy days. The worst energy-drainers usually are not windows and doors but holes in walls to accommodate pipes, gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.

6. Install a clock thermostat to set your thermostat to a lower temperature automatically at night and when you are away.

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