An Energy Efficient Home Saves You Money & Helps the Environment
Here are some inexpensive tips to help save you money.
Install a programmable thermostat. This allows you to regulate your home’s temperature for times when you are asleep or not at home. Adjusting your thermostat by a couple of degrees can result in savings of up to 15%.
Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees F.
Seal drafty areas. Check around windows, doors, electrical outlets, light fixtures, foundation walls, and attic hatches. Check exterior walls for any openings, especially around areas where services enter your home.
Seal any leaks in your furnace ducts. Use a metal duct tape, as cloth duct tape will deteriorate.
Change your furnace filter regularly.
Regularly clean baseboard heaters, warm air registers and cold air returns. Ensure they are not blocked by furniture, rugs or drapes.
Check, and if needed, add insulation in the attic.
Replace light bulbs, especially your most used ones, with Energy Star CFL bulbs.
Replace older appliances with Energy Star ones.
Plug home electronics into a power bar and turn it off when not in use. Even when turned off, electronics are usually in standby mode and still use power.
Open your curtains in the morning to allow the sun to help heat your home. Close the curtains at dusk to retain heat.