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Going Green with NPL

Adjust Your Refrigerator and Water Heater

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for about 18% of your utility bill. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water and reduce energy expenditure.

The Department of Energy suggests setting your refrigerator to between 37°F to 40°F and the freezer to 5°F for optimum efficiency. Make sure the doors seal properly. Keep your refrigerator a few inches from the wall and vacuum its condenser coils every year to help it run more efficiently.

Try composting as a way to use your kitchen and yard waste to benefit your garden. Not sure how to get started? Check out these composting resources at the library.