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Happy Earth Day - Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners

Today is Earth Day, which was created 45 years ago by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin after he was inspired by the devastating effects of an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. While you may not be ready to install solar panels on your roof and convert your yard to xeriscaped rocks and cacti, there are some easy steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient and save yourself some money at the same time.
One of the biggest energy wasters in any home is the cable box. Like most electronics, even when it is not in use, these devices are still pulling a large amount of energy from wall outlets. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cable boxes have cost Americans $3 billion per year, and $2 billion of that was while the television wasn't even turned on. Other pluged-in electronics, such as cell phone chargers, video game systems, and printers, also draw a large amount of energy, even when turned off. The recommended solution is to plug all such devices into a power strip that can be switched "off" when the electronics aren't needed.
The largest energy cost for Americans is home heating, and cooling a home is a must in the desert Southwest. The most effective fix for keeping your heating and cooling costs down is installing a programmable thermostat so temperatures can automatically be adjusted to use less energy when no one will be home. During the summer months, you can help keep your home cooler by keeping your curtains and blinds closed.
The final easy energy saver is replacing your light bulbs with more energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs. According to the Department of Energy, these can save the average homeowner $50 per year if used throughout the home.
If you want to take your energy savings to the highest level, you can download the Energy Saver Guide from the Department of Energy. The comprehensive tips in there can save the average homeowner $550 per year.

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