10 Ways To Save Home Energy

Lower energy prices aren’t in the future anytime soon, so people are doing what they can to achieve better energy efficiency at home, where it really matters. These 10 steps have proven their merit as ways to lower energy costs and maintain indoor comfort without any sacrifice.

  1. Increase insulation in the attic. The Department of Energy has put together this map based on geography where homeowners can learn the recommended levels to have in the attic.
  2. Wrap the water heater with an insulating blanket. These are inexpensive and available at home improvement centers. It’s fairly easy to wrap an electric water heater, but gas water heaters may require the assistance of a plumber. Turning the temperature down to 120 degrees F keeps the wiring cooler after insulating it.
  3. Clean the air filter for your HVAC system. Dirty filters drive up energy bills and contribute to premature wear and tear on forced-air systems.
  4. Have your HVAC system serviced annually. HVAC technicians bring the whole system back to factory settings as much as possible, which lowers energy bills.
  5. Use window coverings. Close blinds or drapes in the summer during the day and at night during the winter.
  6. Unplug chargers for portable devices. They continue to use power even when the device they charge is disconnected from the charger. This is one of the easiest energy saving habits to develop to reduce electric bills.
  7. Wash only full loads in the washer and dishwasher. They use the same amount of electricity regardless of how full they are.
  8. Clean the dryer’s lint screen after each use. A clogged lint screen makes it harder to dry the next load and creates a fire hazard.
  9. Seal the air leaks throughout your home. Look around window frames for cracks, inside and out, and seal with caulk. Check for openings around the places where pipes or cables enter your home. An uninsulated attic hatch increases air infiltration and also contributes to thermal losses year-round.
  10. Apply fresh weatherstripping to your exterior doors to prevent drafts from entering or conditioned air from leaving the home. Door sweeps at the bottom prevent air infiltration and can stop rain from entering the home.

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