Tips to Save Energy…and Money

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Reducing your carbon footprint is a phrase that we hear often. We should always consider the impact that our actions have on the environment but unfortunately not everyone is concerned about the effect of the choices they make. However, most people are interested in ways to save money, so implementing measures to lower your energy bill that are also environmentally friendly will benefit both you and the environment.

Following are some steps to take to save energy and money:

  • Be sure to properly insulate your attic, which is often one of the easiest places in a home to insulate.
  • Seal and insulate the foundation wall of an unventilated crawl space and check for moisture and deterioration problems.
  • Look for air leaks and when found apply caulking and weather-stripping.
  • Make sure that your programmable thermostat is set to optimal settings. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat then buy one! It can save you approximately 10% a year on heating and cooling bills.
  • Your hot water heater should be set at 120°F and wrapped with an insulating blanket.
  • Keep water conservation in mind when landscaping and check your sprinkler system schedule to minimize evapotranspiration.
  • Only purchase appliances that are Energy Star rated, as they use less energy and save money.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLS) as these light sources consume less electricity than conventional ones.
  • Replacing your air filters every 30 days has the ability to improve the life of your HVAC system and reduce its daily load.
  • For optimum energy savings, schedule bi-annual check-ups for your home’s heating and cooling system.

Implementing even some of these steps will be beneficial to your bottom line. But the more that you are able to put into place the greater savings you will enjoy. Your initial investment will very quickly pay for itself.

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