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Companies can save electricity by giving half the money saved (compared to last year) on the electricity bill back to their workers. That'd be an incentive to turn off the AC, lights and equipment that's not being used.
Shared by LWBaum (5,620 points)

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Building codes should require motion detectors be installed in the light fixtures in conference rooms, offices, classrooms, etc. of new buildings. The lights automatically turn off when nobody is in the room. The devices exist. It's just a matter of making them mandatory.
Shared by CMarrow (140 points)
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When you raise the temperature on your heater do it gradually. That'll keep your bill lower. If you raise the temp on the heat pump quickly it'll activate the heat strip and that uses a TON of energy.
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Whenever you leave your house, especially for extended periods, remember to lower the thermostat. Put it at 60 degrees if you go on vacation in the winter but it's best not to turn it off.
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If you pretty much leave at the same times every day for work and all, then a programmable thermostat is a no-brainer to consistently save during the day.
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68 - 70 is best on winter days. You can go as low as 65 at night to save on the heating bill. When it's cold outside it'll save a lot if you turn the temp down. It really takes a lot of energy to keep your home at 70 when it's, say, 30 outside.
Shared by LWBaum (5,620 points)
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In the summer run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise. Run them clockwise at lower speeds in the winter.
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And install more fans. They make you feel 3 - 4 degrees cooler so you don't have to set the thermostat so low in the summer.
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If you have central AC close the air vents in rooms you don't use anymore. No use paying to cool them.
Shared by TakeFive (8,280 points)
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If it makes sense in your yard, plant a tree or two on the side of your house where the sun comes through most of the time. Get some more shade.
Shared by TakeFive (8,280 points)
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Microwaves and toaster oven use less energy than the regular oven. Whenever you can, warm up the leftovers that way.
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Adding reflective coating to your roof reduces the heat buildup so less heat comes into your home. Your roof will last longer (less of the expansion and contraction that degrades it) and there won't be as much strain on your AC.
Shared by thinkagain (7,340 points)
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Use high-performance windows, films and screens. They'll save energy and protect your furniture, wood and art from the harmful UV rays. Get ones with spectrally-selective coating and double glazing. Then you don't have to crank up the AC and they'll keep that heat gain in check.
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To save on water shorten your showers and get low-flow showerheads (and faucets). Always washing your clothes in cold water will add up in the long run. A solar water heater will save you both money and energy. If you're going on vacation be sure to turn off the water heater. Only takes an hour or so to reheat it when you get back home.
Shared by LWBaum (5,620 points)
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Fines for wasting energy. Mount thermal imaging equipment on helicopters/planes in winter over cities. They would pinpoint buildings that are wasteful and give them financial incentives to insulate.
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In the winter close the roof vents of large manufacturing facilities to save on energy costs. In the summer open them back up to let the heat out. A lot of times management won't pay for the manpower but it's a good investment and such a simple practice to conserve. Tell your company to stop being lazy.
Shared by themuskrat (140 points)
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In the back of PC's put a special switched outlet to shut down the monitor and other devices when they're not in use. Would save a few bucks every day because classrooms where the monitors are left on use waste more than a kilowatt.
Shared by micrometer (260 points)
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Home owners and businesses can save on the AC and heating costs by balancing ceiling-floor temperatures with small air destratifiers.

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Set the temp in buildings, trains and buses to 26 degrees C at the lowest. That would save money and energy while reducing air pollution.
Shared by LWBaum (5,620 points)
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Fund a worldwide program to extinguish underground peat and coal fires. They're a big problem in places like Indonesia, India and China. It will reduce pollution, slow global warming, and conserve energy reserves.
Shared by LWBaum (5,620 points)
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You can reduce energy by 20% - 40% with infrared reflective architectural coatings in most colors. Every house in the US can get a $2000 tax credit for using an energy barrier system. 1-800-224-2344
Shared by Adskelhorn (140 points)
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Use a tankless water heater instead of a normal one. It saves energy, space and it's better for the environment. It's an investment that'll save you money in the long run. More upfront cost but lower energy bills in the long run.

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Design a hybrid jetliner that runs partly on electricity generated from small turbines that are charged up by wind speed.
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Hook up generators to the tops of rotating doors in busy places like train and bus stations.
Shared by thinkagain (7,340 points)

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