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7 Secrets To Saving Money On Energy Costs At Home

Nov 22, 2007
Whether you are heating or cooling your home, the cost of energy can be enough to make you sweat. The good news is that there are several ways to keep your home comfortable and still save a few bucks along the way.

Consider shopping for energy-efficient appliances. Although these models are often more expensive, homeowners can save money on energy costs by replacing their outdated units with modern designs that are created with energy efficiency in mind. When you consider the lifetime use of an appliance, the monthly savings can quite possibly outweigh the purchase price of an energy-efficient unit.

Adjust your thermostat. When you leave the house, make sure that you adjust the thermostat accordingly. If your home is empty, your heating or cooling system will not need to work as hard. Additionally, make sure that you change the filters regularly and keep up with the maintenance of your heating and cooling systems to ensure that they are not overworked, which may cause damage and/or higher energy bills.

Discover how the sun can actually save you money. In the winter, the sun's rays can help to heat your home, which means opening your curtains and blinds will help to bring some welcome warmth into your house. This approach may help to save you a little money in heating costs. During the summer months, the sun's heat may cause your air conditioner to work harder. This means that keeping the sun out, which can be done by closing your curtains and blinds, will help your home to stay cooler thereby possibly saving you some money on cooling costs.

Turn off entertainment units when not in use. If you are someone who leaves the television playing simply for background noise, consider a battery-operated radio instead. By turning off items that are not being used, you will save money on energy. This includes all electrical entertainment units, such as a TV, radio, computer, etc.

Discover how seasonal kitchen sense can save you some dough. During the warm summer months, avoid using the oven during the hottest time of the day. Because an oven can heat up your home considerably, your air conditioner may be forced to work harder to keep it cool. What does this mean for you? Simply put, it means higher cooling costs.

Make sure that your home's insulation is the best possible. Did you know that insulation is important to help with both heating and cooling costs? It's true. In fact, the proper insulation can help to keep the cool air in during the warm summer months and the warm air in during winter.

Check the temperature on your hot water heater. Experts have said that many homeowner's keep their hot water heater set on temperatures that are higher than necessary to properly heat their water, which can cause higher energy costs. If in doubt, ask a local professional or refer to the manual that accompanied your unit for suggested temperature settings.

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional financial, home contracting and/or heating and cooling advice or recommendations. For further information, consult a local professional in your area.
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Leslie consults for a number of sites on diverse subjects from NYC History to Wedding Planning. Leslie's also a big fan of the reality show Ghost Hunters.
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