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Tips on Reducing Your Energy Bills

Aug 25, 2008
The energy consumption is one of the most important positions in every family budget. We would love to reduce it as much as possible, but we don't want to change our way of life too much. Is a marriage of these two value - energy efficiency and our habits - possible? Yes, it is. Here are a few things you can do to limit your electricity needs without turning your life upside down.

Start reducing your bills from looking closely into your heating and cooling systems. Replace them if they are old or in poor condition, or perform regular maintenance if not. Especially, make sure that the air conditioning filters are clean - this is the top one reason for energy loss.

When you're done with the heating and air conditioning, the next step is to make sure your house doesn't have any leaks and drafts. Especially, make sure that your storm windows are in good condition. Use them to reduce the temperature loss. Also, make sure that your doors and windows close tightly. They are major sources of energy loss.

During the summer you may want to employ fans to move air throughout the house - this will increase the effectiveness of the cooling system and still make it more cost-effective than relying on your cooling system alone.

Remember to purchase only Energy Star-certified appliances. They require much less energy than their less energy-efficient brothers. In most cases the difference may be as high as 70%, so there's a lot to gain! Just make sure you dispose the old ones properly.

When you do the laundry, make sure that you use cold water whenever possible. This will reduce the energy consumption by 90%. Also, avoid using your dryer - clothesline or racks can do the same for free.

The "sleep mode" is not the same as turning the appliance down. Perform hard power downs on any electronic appliance in the house when you don't use it. Keeping them on will cost you quite a bit per year. If your appliances have Energy Star features, make sure you enable them. It would be a pity to have energy saving options and never use them.

Another major source of energy waste is lighting. Install energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs unless you've already done it. They consume only a fraction of energy required by old bulbs and last much longer.
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