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February 1, 2014
Saving money on utility bills is a smart way to stretch your household budget. Learning simple ways to save energy at home can help you lower your utility costs and keep more of your hard earned money in your account. There are many things you can do to reduce your energy consumption and here are 10 simple ways to save energy at home. Try one or all of them and watch your bill drop and enjoy the savings.
Save Energy At Home By Bundling Up
It seems so simple, but a great way to save energy at home is by wearing layers of warm clothing. Put on a warm sweater or sweatshirt, socks and house slippers to stay warm without turning up the thermostat.
Add warm quilts and blankets to your seating areas so you can bundle up under a cozy quilt when you watch television or settle in to read a book.
Save Energy By Insulating Your Home
Most doors and windows have leaks that lead to energy loss and waste. Seal the leaks with weatherproofing tape and put draft dodgers at the bottom of your doors.
Make sure unused plug-ins are capped off. Open plug ins provide the perfect place for heat to escape and take your money with it.
Do Not Heat Or Illuminate An Empty Or Sleeping House
When you leave for work, lower the thermostat by ten degrees. This will still keep your pets warm and your pipes from freezing and help your home maintain a base temperature that is easy to raise while simultaneously lowering your energy usage.
When you go to bed, lower the thermostat again and add heavy blankets and flannel sheets to keep you cozy and warm. Not only will you save money, but most sleep experts agree sleeping in a cooler room enhances the quality of sleep.
If you have guest rooms or other infrequently used rooms, close them off instead of heating them. Close the doors to these rooms and you can cut your energy consumption by heating only the parts of your home you actively use.
When you leave for work or go to bed, make sure all lights are turned off. Turning off lights when you leave the room or house can help you easily save energy.
Make Sure Your Heating Units Are In Top Shape
Before the cold season sets in, have your heating system cleaned, serviced and checked. A dirty heating system with clogged filters and parts in need of repair will not run efficiently and will cost you big in money and energy output.
If you have a fireplace, be sure to close off the opening when not in use. The chimney provides the perfect place for hot air to funnel up and out. Home improvement stores offer inexpensive inflatable plugs for drafty chimneys that are easy to install and will save you lots of money on your energy bill.
Incorporate these tips and reduce your energy consumption, utility costs and enjoy the savings without making huge sacrifices.
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