You don't have to load up on extra blankets to save energy this winter, learn to save in other ways.

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  • Avoid over-drying clothes, when available, hang your clothes to dry and make sure when you use your dryer to keep the lint trap cleaned out, dry like clothes together and utilize your washers spin cycle to get more water out of your clothes-you could save up to $15 a year
  • Close your blinds and shades during the day, sunlight beaming through your windows heats your home fast and makes the air conditioner work harder-open shades in colder months to draw in heat
  • Power down your cable or DVR when you're not using them, these items, especially when there are multiple units in the house, can use up to as much energy to run a new energy efficient refrigerator
  • Use heated blankets in the winter instead of cranking up the thermostat, turning the thermostat down for about 8 hours a day can save you up to 10% on your heating costs
  • Be smart when washing dishing in the dishwasher; only wash full loads and set it to air dry which can save as much as 50% on energy use, depending how much you use your dishwasher
  • Shave a minute off of your shower time. Most people spend about 8 minutes in the shower once a day. By shaving a minute off of your shower time, you can actually reduces as much as 13% in shower water use, reducing your overall money spent on energy costs