Five Energy Saving Tips!

Five Tips That Will Save You Energy!

1. Caulk and weatherstrip around your windows and doors. This will stop air from leaking in and your heat and air from escaping. If you have gaps around your windows and doors you are basically paying to heat or cool your neighborhood. Weather stripping is not expensive and you can find the materials you need at any local hardware store.

2. Seal gaps in your floors, walls and around pipes and electrical wiring. These leaks can be as costly as heat or air escaping through unsealed windows and doors. Again, these gaps are not expensive to fix and materials can be purchased at your local hardware store.

3. Change your air filters monthly. A dirty air filter can cost you a lot of money because your system has to work twice as hard to pump air in and out. Air filters are not expensive and you can find a variety of filters at your local hardware shop. The expense will vary depending on how sturdy a filter you need or if you require a special filter for allergy reduction.

4. Replace incandescent bulbs (standard/regular) with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs and last about 10 times longer. They might cost you slightly more to purchase, but you will more than make your money back in the energy you save and by buying fewer bulbs.

5. Fix all leaky faucets. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month.

Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Go around and make a list of what could be done and then complete one task at a time. Have fun with it! Energy saving can be addicting when you see little changes making a huge difference.

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