Home Stepping Stones: Energy & Money Savings With Ease
Jul 16 2013
Let's face it, it's hot out there. Your house is working extra hard to make you feel comfortable. But it’s costing you money. Take steps to become cooler without spending that extra penny.
Change your air filters once a month (not only will it save you energy, but it will keep your air cleaner for your own health)
Check and readjust your current electrical equipment and appliances. Don’t wash your clothes in hot (or even warm) water. You'll reduce CO2 emissions and save your water heater from working overtime. Your water heater thermostat can be turned down 20 degrees to save on energy costs and save 1200 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
Also, turn your refrigerator (which accounts for 20% of household electricity use) to 37 degrees and your freezer to three degrees. If you have to use your dishwasher, load it to full capacity; but try to hand wash and dry them. If in the market for a new fridge, look for an Energy Star model, you can get federal incentives by changing out your old appliance with new eco-friendly versions.
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One human being at a time, one day at a time helps. Ask your power supplier to come out and do an energy audit. This will tell you where there might be leaks and how you can change your habits to not only reduce your carbon footprint but save money. Have a pest control company to look for openings that let critters in, because those openings are letting in heat, too. Keep what should be inside, inside and let the outside world deal with its own problems.
by Brandon Jolley
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