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.
- Hang Dry For Savings -
I find that washing clothes in cold water gets the colored clothes perfectly clean, letting sweaters, blouses, etc. fluff in the dryer, then hanging them on hangers to finish drying saves me at least 20 dollars a month off my electric bill.
- Free Evaluation -
Many natural gas companies will provide a no-charge evaluation of your home's heating efficiency. They use a high-power fan to test for drafts, by putting the fan in a main doorway, closing all other entrances.
If you heat with natural gas, it's worth calling your provider to see whether this service is available.
Set the thermostat back at night while you are sleeping. I've gotten used to 55 degrees. If you live in an extremely cold climate you may want to insulate your water pipes.
You know, regarding setting back thermostats.....I actually turn mine up at bedtime and then turn it down during the day. When we sleep, it is only for 7-8 hours, it is colder at night, and my sons are notorious for kicking blankets off and waking up because they are cold. During the day, we do not turn on lights, the house is set at 65 (and the heat never kicks on). We open all the shades and let the sun light and heat the house. If we get cold, we put on socks and a sweater (usually just me!) I figure it this way, if you are gone during the day (and it is warmer) why heat an EMPTY house?
WE HAVE SWITCHED TO USING FLOURESCENT BULBS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THEY ARE MUCH CHEAPER TO USE
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.
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