10 No-Cost Tips for Saving Energy

Looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around the home this winter? There are many common-sense things you can do everyday in your home to lower energy bills:

Tip #1: Lock your windows

Don’t just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and drafts.

Tip #2: Close the doors

Close doors in rooms with minimal use (and the heating vents) like walk-in closets, laundry rooms and guest bedrooms, to reduce heat use in those areas.

Tip #3: Turn off lights

When leaving a room, turn off the lights or add occupancy sensing switches that will turn lights off when no one is around.

Tip #4: Let the sun shine

Get free solar heat by opening the blinds and shades on your windows during the day.

Tip #5: Chill out

Chill out and do your laundry in cold water.

Tip #6: Lower thermostat

Add a sweater and lower the thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you may be able to save 5 percent on heating costs.

Tip #7: Do dishes efficiently

Run only full loads in your dishwasher.

Tip #8: Clean dryer vent

Remove lint often from your clothes dryer and its outside vent. And, run your dryer in the evening, when the extra heat helps warm your house.

Tip #9: Use power strips

Plug power-draining computers and electronic equipment into a power strip with a switch, so they can all be easily turned off when not in use.

Tip #10:  Use blankets!

Snuggle up under more blankets at night and turn your heat down lower to reduce energy costs.

Small things like these can add up to big energy savings in the home. You’ll be surprised to find your energy bills dropping by 20, 30 or more dollars each month when you consistently make the effort.
While free common-sense practices can help you save, keep in mind that a home can only be as energy-efficient as the products in it. Older appliances, windows and lack of insulation can suck the energy out of the home every day causing your heating and cooling costs to soar. Whenever possible, it’s important to invest in energy-efficient products that are marked with the ENERGY STAR® label.
One of the areas of the home subject to the most extreme loss of heating and cooling can be older windows. I’ve been in homes where people put heavy drapes and plastic wrap over the windows to stop air drafts. That’s not the solution. Investing in energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified windows makes your home more comfortable and instantly lowers energy bills.

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