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With temperatures on the rise in Gainesville I know a lot of people who are complaining about their utility bills.

I found a good resource for tips of saving energy, a website called Energy Savers.  Here are a few excerpts from their site:

Tips to Save Energy TodaySun

Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Visit http://www.energysavers.gov/ for more energy-saving ideas.

“Energy Savers provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.”