There are measures you can take around your house to save energy and reduce your utility bills. The following are some tips — some simple, some more involved — from the Energy Star program and other experts:
- Turn your hot water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep your refrigerator at 37-40 degrees and freezer at 5 degrees.
- Install and properly use a programmable thermostat (this can save about $180 annually).
- Install low-flow fixtures.
- Do only full loads in the washer and dishwasher.
- Fix any leaky faucets, toilets, pipes, and your roof.
- Seal heating and cooling ducts (in the typical house, about 20 percent of the air in a duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts).
- Seal the “envelope” of your home – the outer walls, ceiling, windows, and floor (this can save 20 percent on heating and cooling costs).
- Replace the filters on your air conditioning unit, dryer, and furnace.
- Turn off ceiling fans when you’re not home.
- Set ceiling fans counter-clockwise in the summer to draw cooler air upward.
- Dust your refrigerator coils.
- Plant shade trees to cool your home.
- Request a home energy audit for more tips and advice.
Wasim Sais / Buyers Specialist
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