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Saba Electric Company values the satisfaction of their customers and the community. In order to assist customers with lowering the amount of energy used, Saba Electric Company has listed below tips for saving energy.

Energy Efficient Products/Habits
Large appliances, such as the refrigerator, air conditioner, dryer or other major appliances, use the most electricity. The newer efficient models use about 50% less energy than similar models produced 5 or more years ago. The Energy Star and Energy Guide labels are recommended to help you choose the most efficient model for your household.

Regular incandescent bulbs should be replaced with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs. The replacements use close to 75% less energy and give off less heat than regular incandescent bulbs.

TVs, DVD players, stereos, etc. are home electronics that should be plugged into power strips. The power strip should be turned off when not in use, because TVs and DVDs in standby mode will continue to use several watts of power.

Unplugging of chargers, cell phone, laptop and tablet can help to save some money, since they also use several watts of power when left plugged in.

Turn off the lights in any room you’re not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells, or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.

Iron low temperature fabrics first to reduce warm up time.

Air Conditioners
The air conditioner in most homes uses more electricity than other appliances. However, here are some easy ways to save some energy; set your air conditioner on a timer and turn up the thermostat two degrees. Using a fan to circulate the air and keep the room cooler for a longer period.

All AC units should be turned off when exiting a room.

AC tune-ups are important, because high monthly bills result from running an inefficient AC system.

Close your blinds, shades or draperies during the hottest part of the day.

Something as simple as shading the outdoor air conditioning unit would save 5% more energy than being in the sun.

Always unplug electrical appliances after using them. Especially appliances that use large amount of electricity like heaters and air condition units. When left plug in, the appliances continue to use electricity.

Plug all radios, cell phone and MP3 chargers, fans and other personal electronics into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.

The “sleep” features on office equipment and computers should be activated in order for it to power down while on but not in use.

Iron large batches of clothing at one time to avoid wasting energy reheating the iron several times.

Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.

Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.

Minimize the amount of time the refrigerator door is opened. Every time the refrigerator door opens 30% of the cold air escapes.
Side by side refrigerator/freezers mostly use more energy than a top or bottom freezer unit. And upright freezers will use more energy than a chest type freezer.

The efficiency of a refrigerator can be reduced by 25% if the condenser coils at the back of and underneath the refrigerator acquire too much dust.

Food should never be placed into the refrigerator hot or warm. This will cause the refrigerator to work harder to keep the food cold.

Laundry Tips
When it is possible, always wash full loads of clothes. Less water should be used to wash small loads.

Wash with cold water whenever possible.

While washing, heating the water can make up ninety percent of the cost. Hot water should only be used for very dirty clothes. Always use cold water for the rinse cycle.

Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn't completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.

Over drying of clothes tend to cause them to wrinkle, cause static and wastes energy.

Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics.

A dirty lint screen can cause your dryer to use up to 30 percent more energy and it can be a fire hazard. Clean the lint screen after each load.

Install a solar clothes dryer (a clothesline)! It will give your clothes a “fresh outdoor” smell.

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