Saving money is something that everyone is interested in. Especially when they can find a way to save money on something they have to have, like energy. In order to help you out we found this article with 30 different ideas to lower your home energy costs. We hope it works!
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From the article:
With utility bills always on the rise, it’s always useful to reduce your home’s energy consumption.
Here are 30 smart and easy ways to lower your energy costs.
- In winter, open drapes, blinds, or shades on south-facing windows and let the sun warm your rooms. Close window coverings at sundown to help insulate. Clean windows maximize solar gain.
- In summer, close drapes, blinds, or shades on east- and west-facing windows. Once the sun sets, open the windows to let the cooler night air in, but remember to close and lock ground floor windows before retiring for the night.
- Use heat-generating appliances (washers, dryers, or ovens) during the morning or evening when it’s cooler. This reduces the load on your air conditioner in the summer and helps heat the house in the winter.
Low- and Higher-Cost Fixes
- Install weather stripping or caulk around doors and windows, and place foam gaskets behind outlet plate covers on exterior walls. If there is a gap at the bottom of the door, install a door sweep or door shoe gasket.
- Replace incandescent lightbulbs, especially in high-use areas, with Energy Star® compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). While they cost more, compact fluorescent bulbs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs and last a lot longer and are better for the environment.
- Install white shades or blinds on windows to reflect heat away from the house if you live in a warm climate. If there isn’t enough roof overhang to shield windows from direct sun, consider installing awnings over west and southfacing windows. They will not only block solar heat, but will also protect furnishings from UV damage.
- Ask your utility company to do an energy audit. The cost for an audit varies but some companies offer free audits for low income households.
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Checkout all the ideas here: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/home-energy–checklists.html