Residential Energy Saving Tips

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Residential Energy Savings Tips

Both cold winters and hot summers impact your utility bills as a result of increased energy usage. Fortunately, there are a number of energy saving tips you follow to reduce your monthly bill while still staying comfortable in your home.

1. Upgrade your home’s insulation.
If your home’s insulation is substandard, your heating system runs more frequently to compensate for the heat that is escaping out. This summer: poor insulation causes the cool air from your air conditioned home to leak out leading to higher utilization of your AC to keep your home nice and cool. To prevent this, check and upgrade your home’s insulation in the attic, basement, and walls. Do not forget your hot water heater – inadequately insulated hot water heaters can lead to increased utility bills, especially during the cold winter months.

2. Adjust your thermostat.
It is a waste of energy to have your home fully heated or cooled when you are not even at home. Instead of wasting energy, adjust your thermostat to keep your home between 55 and 62 Fahrenheit when you and your family are away and between 65 and 70 Fahrenheit during evenings and weekends when you are at home. Small steps like these quickly add up to big savings.

3. Seal window and door gaps.
It is inevitable that doors and windows will be a source of heat loss, as their very design precludes them from being fully insulated. Nonetheless, it is possible to reduce the amount of heat loss through windows and doors by applying weather stripping or caulking to seal all gaps around these structures. If you can make a bigger investment, consider upgrading single­pane windows to energy­efficient double­or triple­pane windows. This will not only save you in monthly energy bills, but may also qualify you for tax benefits.

4. Use cold water to wash your clothes.
Using warm water to wash your clothes is wasteful and unnecessary. Most detergents work as well with cold water, which gets the job done without putting additional pressure on your hot water heater. Similarly, do not waste hot water when doing dishes by hand. Only let hot water run when you are actually using it.

5. Turn off heat and lights in unused rooms.
Heating and lighting rooms that you are not using is a waste of electricity. Turn off the lights in rooms that are empty and, if possible, reduce the heat allocated to those rooms as well – this may be accomplished easily by closing the door leading into the room.

6. Maintain your heating and cooling systems
Schedule an annual maintenance for your heating and air conditioning systems to ensure they are working at their highest possible efficiency. Having a professional tune­up can optimize your systems and save on energy costs.

Cold winters and blistering summers do not have to hit you in the wallet. With a few energy saving tips, you can reduce your energy bill while still staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Reducing your energy usage not only benefits your wallet but also lessens your carbon footprint.

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