December 2017

5 tips for an energy-efficient home

Looking for ways to save money this winter? You may want to check your home's energy performance. With just a few easy low- or no-cost changes, you could save big on energy costs over time.

Check out these five tips and start saving now.

Tip #1: Keep hot air inside your house. Prevent air from escaping around windows and doors by resealing where necessary with caulk and weather stripping for a potential average savings of $200 per year.Footnote 1

Tip #2: Plug your chimney. If you have a chimney you aren't actively using, guess what: you've got another big source of heat loss in winter. Keep the draft out and save money with the help of a chimney balloon (just don't forget to take it out if you decide to start using your fireplace again).

Tip #3: Don't overheat your water. Did you know that water heating is the second-largest energy cost for most households? If you heat your water to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you'll still get your nice warm shower while lowering your energy bills. And speaking of hot water…

Tip #4: Wash clothes in cold water. Not only will you save even more money on water heating costs, but using your cold water cycle will also help protect clothes from shrinking or fading.

Tip #5: Keep your heating and cooling system in good shape. The average household spends about $2,000 on energy bills each year — and nearly half of that is just for heating and cooling.Footnote 1 Change your air filters regularly and schedule professional tune-ups to maintain your system and help reduce costs.

 

Sources:
1"Energy efficiency tips for homeowners," ConsumerEnergy.com

"11 ways to winterize your home on a budget," BobVila.com

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