Different Ways to Save on Home Energy

Bob Vila shares some ways to save on home energy. Unplug devices regardless if they are turned off because they are still using up energy. This could be anything like cell phone chargers, laptops and counter top microwaves.

Another way to save is by lowering the temperature on your water heater from the normal 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which still allows it to operate at it’s usual. Replace the filters on your furnace and air conditioners at least once month depending on which one you are using. This will help cut the cost from 5 to 15 percent.

Load up your dishes as much as possible in the dish washer and don’t rinse them before putting them in. It takes more water to hand wash dishes than it does for a dishwasher.

Using cold water to wash your clothes instead of warm water still cleans your clothes and keeps the cost down of using hot water.

Program your thermostat and always circulate air no matter what time of the year. Using a fan helps circulate the air that is in the room if kept at a lower speed, so don’t worry about it creating cold air while the heat is on. A programmed thermostat will come on whenever the temperate drops or rises to a certain level and not stay on all day.

Also, fixed those leaks. A leaky faucet can end up costing you money by wasting money each time it drips.

Use better light bulbs that last longer and help keep energy cost down. Although the energy star light bulbs tend to be more expensive, in the long run they save a lot of money.

Seal your air leaks with weathering strips which help keep out moisture too.

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