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Posted on October 6th, 2011

Energy Saving Tips from Tom’s

Here at Tom’s of Maine, sustainability is always top of mind. That includes managing our energy consumption through the purchase of wind energy credits for our factory, the purchase of renewable energy (hydro and bio-mass) for our offices, and the installation of sensor-controlled fluorescent energy-saving lighting fixtures in both facilities.

But how do we save energy at home? With the season turning we asked Tom’s of Maine employees to share their tips on conserving energy inside, as the temperature drops outside.

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“We run our dishwasher in the evening, then open the door once it hits the drying cycle. The dishes are hot so they air-dry in no time. We add a little warmth to the kitchen, and in the dry winter, a little moisture to the dry air!”

Cathy, Accounting Specialist – Trade Promotions

“At our house, we put an extra foot of blown cellulose into our attic rafters to improve insulation and keep the heat in.”

Bill, Plant Manager

“We heat our whole house with a wood pellet stove rather than using oil, and get our wood pellets locally from Maine when we can.”

Fiona, Brand Manager Personal Care

“By taking advantage of the greenhouse effect you can convert sunlight into heat for your home. When the sun is shining, heat your home more efficiently by opening all of your blinds. When the sun is not shining and especially during the night, close blinds to create more insulation that will retain more of the heat.”

Chris, Grassroots Field Sales Rep – NYC

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“I try to keep appliances unplugged, as opposed to just turned off, so that they are not drawing any energy. When the outlets are empty, I use outlet insulators. You would be amazed at how much cold air can come in through that little opening!”

Bridget, Citizens’ Advocacy Representative

“We turn our heat off from mid-April – mid October. For comfy reading and TV watching – we have a basket full of warm throw blankets in the living room! Our dog Sparky loves the blankets!”

Jess, Health and Specialty Sales

“We have a thermostat that monitors outside temperature (hooked to our boiler) and regulates the boiler temperature accordingly. We also have a heating pad on our bed at night so it keeps us warm without having to run the furnace.”

Matt, Brand Manager, Oral Care

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“When there is empty space in our fridge, we keep a few gallons of tap water in there. Water is a really good temperature insulator, so the additional gallons help keep the compressor from working as hard to maintain the same level of cold. This works well in the freezer, too. Any extra containers of water act as “block ice” for maintaining the cold. An additional benefit is if the power goes out, the extra insulating materials in the fridge and the freezer will greatly extend how long your food will be preserved without electricity, and will help the fridge not have to work as hard once the power comes back on.”

Cameron, Citizens’ Advocacy Representative

“One thing I do to keep our place warm during the winter-months is that I use the oven, then after I’m done baking, I leave the door of the oven open so that the rest of our place benefits from the heat coming out!  Granted, I live in a small condo, but it brings the temperature from 62 degrees to 70 in no time!”

Nansy, E-Commerce Manager

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“I have different heating zones in my house and we only comfortably heat the rooms we are physically in. Having timers on our thermostats make this very easy. Same idea goes for the lights. If you’re not standing in that room, then the light better be off!”

Tammy, Project Scientist

“We keep our heat pretty low during the day and turn it down even lower at night. We stay warm with cozy fleece sweatshirts and slippers. And mugs of hot tea…”

Jill, Research & Development Specialist

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