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February 2024

Energy Conservation - Why Does it Matter?

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In a world driven by technology and growing energy demands, the concept of energy conservation has become more important than ever.

Energy conservation is the decision and practice of using less energy.

Conservation is important because it aims to keep operating reserves above an emergency level, prevent load curtailment, and blackouts.

Energy conservation helps preserve the reliability of the electric grid as a whole. Plus saving energy is saving money. Tactics to save come in all shapes and sizes - including these steps you can take today.

1. Turn off lights when you leave the room.

2. Unplug appliances when they are not in use.

3. Turn your refrigerator temperature down. Refrigerators account for nearly 14 percent of the total household energy use. Set your fridge to 37 degrees and your freezer to 3 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Do full loads. Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before running them to get the most from each run cycle.

5. Air-dry dishes and clothes. Instead of using your dishwasher's drying feature, consider letting the dishes air-dry. And, instead of using the dryer on a nice day, hang your clothes outside to dry.

6. Keep your house a little hotter in the summer and a little cooler in the winter. Wear lighter clothes in the summer months and a few extra layers in the winter in exchange for the change in temperature.

7. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. Most traditional water heaters are set to keep water heated to 140 degrees but water at 120 degrees works just as well.

When you are taking steps toward energy conservation, changing your daily energy habits is key to managing your energy use.

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