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The average home has 40 lightbulbs.

On average, homes have 40 lightbulbs.

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Does it take more energy to keep a fridge cool when it's full, or when it's empty?

An empty fridge uses more energy - consider putting some jugs of water in the fridge.

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Game consoles require up to 40% more power than other streaming devices.

It's true - consider a tablet, Smart TV or laptop instead of a game console.

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ENERGY STAR® windows can cut your annual energy costs by up to...

You can cut your annual energy costs by up to 20% by making window upgrades!

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Baths use less electricity than showers.

Baths do not use less electricity than showers.

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What appliance uses the most energy per use?

On average, the clothes dryer uses the most energy per use - it needs to generate a lot of heat.

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Chest-styled freezers are more energy efficient than upright freezers.

Chest-styled freezers use up to 51% less energy than upright freezers.

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How much money could you save by replacing an incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb?

By replacing an incandescent light bulb with a LED bulb you could save $100 over it's lifetime.

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What's the best way to boil your water?

An electric kettle uses 50% less energy than a stove top.

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Dust stops heat from being distributed effectively.

Wipe down the surface of your baseboard heaters to get rid of dust and optimize heat distribution.

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Which of these uses the most energy over 6 hours?

Your TV uses more electricity than a laptop, so turn it off when you're not watching!

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If your home is letting cold air gust in, you're wasting heat.

Sealing gaps and cracks can help reduce heat loss by up to 10%.

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What is the recommended length of a shower?

The recommended length of a shower is 5 minutes.

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It takes less electricity to wash clothes in hot water than it does in cold water.

It takes a fair bit of energy to heat water, so washing in cold water saves energy.

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How can you adjust your thermostat to save money while you sleep?

Decrease your thermostat by 1-2 degrees at night to save on your energy bill.