Energy Saving Tips
Just a few tips for cutting your home energy costs:
- Blow in extra insulation in your attic and walls to at least an R-30 rating.
- Install new seals to the bottoms of your exterior doors.
- Caulk around the outside of your windows if needed, make sure the temperature is above 45 degrees so the caulk will can set up.
- Buy a new more energy efficient furnace or water heater and get a $500 tax credit at tax time.
- Replace worn-out air-conditioning equipment.
- Schedule a furnace or boiler tune-up every year to boost its efficiency.
- Install foam gaskets under switch plates and outlet covers.
- Get rid of your extra refrigerator.
- Unplug anything that you aren’t using. Even though it isn’t turned on it will still draw electricity.
- Insulate hot water lines.
- Replace your central-air conditioning filters every month.
- Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 110 degrees.
- Turn down your furnace thermostat in the winter, and up in the summer when the central air is on. One degree can save you money.
- Shorten your dryer-vent hose so it’s just long enough to pull the dryer out. It will save you money.
- Install dimmer switches and use energy-efficient halogen bulbs.
- Close closet doors so you aren’t heating or cooling that space.