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Energy Smart Newsletter

November 2014

While being energy efficient can pose a challenge for some pet owners, there are many ways to save energy and money while still keeping your furry friend comfortable!

Use a programmable thermostat

 

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping your home’s temperature at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. When leaving the house, make sure to set the thermostat at or around those temperatures to keep you and your pet comfortable. Click here to find out more information on how programmable thermostats can help you.
Turn off the tube

 

While we don’t want our pets to feel lonely, animals don’t watch TV. The next time you leave your pet at home, provide a favorite toy instead of leaving the TV on. Not only will this be more enjoyable for Fido, but it will save on energy expenses. Click here for more information.
Shut off fans

 

Dogs and cats do not have sweat glands like humans, so keeping ceiling fans on is unnecessary for pets. A more energy efficient option is to ensure they have shade available in hot weather, a warm place to lie in colder weather, and plenty of cool water to drink. Click here to learn more helpful tips.

tip 

 

If you are monitoring your energy usage, be sure to wash pet fabrics in cold water. The fabric will be just as clean but you will use up to 90 percent less energy when you wash it in cold water.