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If you've hopped on the Spring-cleaning bandwagon take note: Training yourself to play with all those fancy buttons and think about the big picture can reap sizable long-term savings. The average home spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs, according to the Consumer Energy Center. Here are some of the CEC's most simple tips for cutting that bill and using your appliances wisely:

  1. Do your laundry efficiently by using the warm or cold water setting for washing your clothes. Always use cold water to rinse clothes. (Save: 4 percent)
  2. Line dry clothes whenever you can. (Save up to 5 percent)
  3. When you need to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use. (Save: 0.5 percent)
  4. Conserve energy by running your dishwasher only when it is fully loaded, and turn off the dry cycle and air dry dishes instead. (Save: 1 percent)
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