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Energy Saving Tips 

1.   Lower your thermostat at night and when you're not home. Use a programmable thermostat so it's automatic. Every degree lower can take 2 percent off your power bill.

2.   Make it a habit to shut off lights, computers and other appliances when you're not using them.

3.   Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. They use a fourth of the energy used by regular bulbs.

4.   Replace halogen lamps in torchieres with compact fluorescent torchieres. They use about 70 percent less energy and produce more light.

5.   Use motion detectors to turn on outdoor lights rather than leaving them on all night.

6.   Close your fireplace damper when there's no fire. Leaving it open is like having a 48-inch-square hole in your house.

7.   Close off and don't heat unoccupied rooms.

8.   Take showers with low-flow showerheads (they use 50 percent less hot water) instead of baths.

9.   Set your water heater at 115 degrees (F), which is comfortable for most uses. Turn your water heater off when you go on vacation.

10. Wrap your water heater in R11 insulated wrap but don't cover the thermostat.

11. Run only full loads in your dishwashers and clothes washers - and wash in warm or cold water.

12. Wash and dry clothes on week-ends when energy use isn't as high.

13. Air dry your dishes. In nicer weather or in a warm basement, air dry your clothes.

14. Clean your furnace and heat pump filters to keep them operating efficiently.

15. Limit use of kitchen and bathroom fans since they pull heat out of the house.

16. Open south-facing drapes and blinds during the day to let heat in.

17. Cover all windows at night in winter.

18. Weather strip around your doors and windows and anywhere you feel a draft.

19. Set your refrigerator between 37 and 40 degrees (F).

20. Keep your refrigerator well stocked. It takes more energy to cool an empty fridge.

21. Clean lint out of refrigerator coils and out of dryers.

22. Use a microwave or toaster oven for cooking and heating small portions.

23. Check ceilings and crawl spaces to ensure there's adequate insulation.

24.S eal or fix broken basement windows.

25. Fix broken ducts and replace cracked or peeling tape on ducts. Use tape with the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) logo.

26. For long-term savings, choose and use energy-efficient appliances. Compare energy rating labels before you buy.

TYPICAL OPERATING COSTS OF ELECTRIC HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES
ApplianceTypical WattageEstimated Hours Used Per MonthEstimated Monthly kWhCost Per Month at .1112 Per kWh
Air Conditioner (12,000 BTU)1500200.0300.0$33.36
Air Conditioner (36,000 BTU)4500200.0900.0$100.08
Auto Engine Heater60040.024.0$2.67
Battery Charger (Car)15015.02.3$0.26
Bug Zapper40300.012.0$1.33
CD, Tape, Radio, Receiver System25060.015.0$1.67
Clothes Dryer500017.085.0$9.45
Coffee Maker (Auto Drip)11654.04.7$0.52
Computer (With Monitor and Printer)36575.027.4$3.05
Convection Ovens15008.012.0$1.33
Dehumidifier (20 Pints, Summer)450360.0162.0$18.01
Dishwasher (Dry Cycle)120025.030.0$3.34
Dishwasher (Wash Cycle)20025.05.0$0.56
Electric Blanket175180.031.5$3.50
Electric Heat (Baseboard, Furnace, Heat Pump)Call for a heating estimate$0.00
Fan (Attic)40071.028.4$3.16
Fan (Ceiling)80150.012.0$1.33
Freezer (Automatic Defrost 15 cu.ft.)440334.0147.0$16.35
Freezer (Manual Defrost 15 cu.ft.)350292.0102.2$11.36
Electric Fry Pan120010.012.0$1.33
Hair Dryer (Hand Held)100010.010.0$1.11
Heat Lamp2505.01.3$0.14
Heat Tape (30ft., Winter)180720.0129.6$14.41
Heater (Auto Engine, Winter)1000180.0180.0$20.02
Heater (Portable)150040.060.0$6.67
Heater (Portable)1500360.0540.0$60.05
Heating System (Warm Air Fan)312288.089.9$10.00
Humidifier (Winter)177230.040.7$4.53
Jacuzzi (Maintain Temperature, 2 Person)150093.0139.5$15.51
Lighting (Incandescent)75100.07.5$0.83
Lighting (Fluorescent)40100.04.0$0.44
Lighting (Compact Fluorescent)18100.01.8$0.20
Lighting (Outside Floor)12090.010.8$1.20
Microwave Oven150011.016.5$1.83
Motor (1 HP)100020.020.0$2.22
Range (Oven)26608.021.3$2.37
Range (Self Cleaning Cycle)25003.07.5$0.83
Refrigerator/Freezer (Frost Free, 17.5 cu.ft.)450333.0149.9$16.67
Satellite Dish (Includes Receiver)360183.065.9$7.33
Sump Pump (1/2 HP)50020.010.0$1.11
Television (Color, Solid State)200183.036.6$4.07
VCR/DVD2112.02.5$0.28
Washer51217.08.7$0.97
Waterbed Heater (Queen Size)375256.096.0$10.68
Water Heater (Quick Recovery)450089.0400.5$44.54
Water Pump (1/2 HP)46041.018.9$2.10
These figures are based on average use by a family of four at an electric rate of .1112 per kilowatt hour.
watts / 1000 x estimated hours/mo = estimated kwh
estimated kwh x .1112 = average monthly cost

We have Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)!

They use less energy and last longer than ordinary bulbs.
Call our Ashland office for pricing and availability.

TRECO sells ConvectAir heaters

It's winter time again.  Time to consider purchasing an enery efficient heater to help warm your home during those long cold winter days and nights.  Contact our office for additional information and prices.

Click on any of the links below for information on the ConvectAir Heaters

Convectair general information

Convectair Efficiency

For additional information regarding our heaters, please contact our Ashland office or stop in and see our displays.