Save Money with These Five Home Energy Efficiency Tips

Saving money by saving energy doesn’t have to be difficult.  Over the course of time, these savings can really add up.  Consider the following five tips to help save you money and keep you comfortable.

  1. Use a programmable thermostat – One of the easiest ways to waste money is heating or cooling your home when no one is there.  By setting a programmable thermostat to only heat or cool your home when you’re there to take advantage of it, you can save 25-30 percent on your energy bill.
  2. Check your water heater temperature – The higher you keep your water heater temperature, the more energy you burn.  For optimum savings, set the water heater temperature to between 115 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Change the furnace filter – Follow the equipment manufacturer’s suggested replacement schedule for optimum performance.  If you don’t know it, a good general rule is to change the filter every three months or at the beginning of every heating and cooling season.  A dirty filter means restricted air flow, and your system has to use more energy keeping you comfortable. Restricted air flow could also damage your system.
  4. No more leaks! – Leaks come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is increasing your energy bill.  Check for air leaks around doors and windows as well as leaks throughout your ductwork.  Both cold air infiltrating the home and air escaping through leaky ducts lead to energy dollars down the drain.
  5. Install a whole-house humidifier – Proper humidification means less heating or cooling is necessary to maintain home comfort.  For more on humidity, click here.

What are some of the best money-saving tips you’ve heard?

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