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Check with your power company, your county, state, and nonprofit organizations to see if there are any free weatherization programs available. I did and had my house completely weatherized (insulation, solar attic fan, window repair and more) for free. These programs require an application process. In some cases, there are funds available for more energy-efficient appliances, such as a furnace. The weatherization is focused on making the house airtight, to plug up leaks around windows, attics, doors, and walls. There could be a 30% savings in energy with weatherization.
By Mary from Kensington, MD
Most areas have Community Action Agencies in each county which get grants to provide weatherization services to low income households.
Here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Energy for making your hot water use more efficient:
We installed a tankless water heater that only heats the water as you need it. It heats the water instantly as you need it. My husband could install it himself, and we save money monthly on our electric bills.
Hope these tips work for you!
By Dorothy from New Creek, WV
Good works, all. Here's another one.
Move the heater gauge down to a "normal" heat that won't hurt your hands. My personal temperature "feel" is what my shower feels like. Take it as hot at you like straight from the hot, and adjust your heater for that temp. You won't need water hotter than that for any reason, even to wash dishes. Clothes get clean using warm/cold.
Note: As your heater ages, the temperature of your hot water rises. Not sure why. Read it somewhere and it is true! My heater is now 15 yrs. old and I keep having to reduce the temperature to keep the hot water from burning my hands straight from the faucet! I help other older retired residents in my apartment complex to adjust their heaters, also. The heaters are all the same age!
Now that the cold months are nearly upon many of us we wanted to share some ideas about how to make your house more energy efficient. As much as 60% of your energy bill can go to heating your house. Here are some tips to cut down on the amount of energy you are losing.
Tip: Looking for drafts? Hold a piece of tissue up around doors and windows. When the tissue flutters, you have a draft that is affecting your heating bill.
Here some other things you can do that require a little more money, time and effort.
I bought the round circular bulbs to screw into my lamps about 8 years ago, I think the initial outlay was maybe 6 apiece then. I have never replaced them and they get used a LOT!! I have also had two major moves to other states...can't believe they have lasted so long!! It was a great investment and worth every penny.
The Home Energy Saver website has a useful tool for determining how much you spend on energy and how much having a more energy efficient house can save you.