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Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Here are a few tips to help you save money around your home!

1. Switch your lightbulbs out to LEDs.
2.Change you washer setting to cold water.
3. Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks, and adding insulation can save up to 10% on home heating and cooling costs.
4. Clean any dirty filters in your home having dirty filters can make the system work harder and run longer.
5. Use your microwave instead of your stove when cooking.
6. To ensure your appliances are running efficiently, defrost your refrigerator and freezer before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick.
7. During the warmer months keep the shades closed on the sunny side of your house to keep your homes tempter cooler during the Summer months. This will prevent your AC from running all day.
8. Keep your shades open and let the sun sine warm your home during the cooler months.
9. Don’t peek in the oven while baking! Every time you peek, the temperature can drop 25 F, making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up. Use the oven light rather than opening the oven door.
10. Use natural light when possible.
11. If you have outdoor lighting put it on a timer or motion sensor so your lights are not running all day long.
12. Don’t leave your computer on all day long. Only turn on your computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them.
13. Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer and as low as possible in the winter. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall heating and cooling bill will be.
14. Use your ceiling fan to help circulate air this will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4┬░F with no reduction in comfort.
15. Refrigerators and freezers actually operate most efficiently when full, so keep your refrigerator and freezer as full as possible. Be careful about overfilling them as this will reduce airflow and cause the appliance to work harder.
16. Using dishwashers and clothes washers/dryers at night will keep the house cooler.
17. Turn off heated dry on your dishwasher and air dry instead.
18. Keep your refrigerator┬átemperature on the manufacturer’s recommendation this will prevent excessive cooling and wasting energy.
19. Don’t over run your bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans. They replace inside air with outside.
20. Adjust the thermostat only to the desired temperature. Cranking up your thermostat won’t heat or cool your place any faster.
21. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature according to your schedule.
22. Turn lights off when you are not using them! Lighting accounts for about 12% of a typical residential utility bill.
23. Don’t leave your mobile phone plugged in overnight. It only takes a couple of hours to charge.
24. Turn off the oven a few minutes before cooking time runs out. Your food will continue to cook without using the extra electricity.
25. Avoid placing appliances that give off heat, such as lamps or TVs, near a thermostat.