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Friday, September 4, 2015
Photo of dehumidifier  FEATURED CHALLENGE POSTED 7/1/15

Set your dehumidifier at the right level: Excess moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew, which can cause health problems and damage your home and possessions. A dehumidifier can help you maintain the comfort level in your home while preventing the growth of these allergens. While dehumidifiers can use a lot of energy, an efficient unit that is used properly can help you control humidity while managing its operating cost. The trick is to set the unit at the right humidity level. Experts agree that setting the dehumidifier to 50 percent is adequate, since mold will not start to grow until humidity levels go above 55 percent. If you set the unit any lower, you actually will be wasting energy and money. Dehumidifiers set to 40 percent humidity have to operate for longer periods to maintain the lower setting, which costs more. And you usually cannot achieve humidity much below 40 percent, anyway. Take the "Set your dehumidifier at the right level" challenge today by clicking on the link below. You will see how much energy and money you can save by setting your dehumidifier at 50 percent and how many carbon dioxide emissions will be eliminated. All savings are estimated based on an average 1,500-square-foot home in the LES service area.
26.25 kWh saved
about $2.59/month or about 2.6% of your electric bill

a 49.9-pound
reduction in CO2 emissions
105 kWh saved by 4 participants
enough to power 0 houses for a month

a 200-pound

reduction in CO2 emissions by 4 participants
Cumulative impact on the LES service area from all challenges since Nov. 15, 2011: 542 participants have saved 35,245 kWh — enough to power 35 houses for one month — and have reduced CO2 emissions by 53,727 pounds. VIEW ALL CHALLENGES
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