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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.
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
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
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. You can easily save 500 or more dollars a year if your house is currently equipped with insufficient insulation, single pain windows and/or old appliances.
Replacing appliances and windows is an expensive proposition but atleast you can factor in the yearly savings when making a purchasing decision. Some improvements are pretty easy to do youself and pay off quickly. Like installing insulation around your water heater. Installing insulation under your house and in your attic can also be done relatively cheaply if you do it yourself.
Check out the Energy Advisor and find out how your house rates: http://hes.lbl.gov/