getting cooler here in the Carolinas ... time to think about this
winter's energy bill and how you can save money. Go green and use these
energy-saving tips to help lower your bill.
Make your home more energy efficient
Find out how much energy you're using. Duke Energy's website is
very user friendly. It gives you a free personalized energy report,
energy savings calculator, easy ways to lower your bill, money-saving
offers and more. And stop by the Department of Energy website for more valuable energy-saving tips.
Change the numbers.
Try adjusting your thermostat 2 or 3 degrees lower during the day.
Lower the thermostat by 5 to 10 degrees while you are sleeping and when
no one is home during the day. A programmable thermostat will let you
set the temperature at any time, or even schedule settings for different
Maximize your windows. Insulated
curtains that snugly fit your windows keep the heat in and the cold out.
Or use plastic film to seal your windows and trap the heat inside.
During sunny days, open the curtains on your south-facing windows to let
the sun naturally heat up your house.
Don't forget weatherstripping and caulk. Got
leaks? Even a tiny hole around a window or door frame can let warm air
escape. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal every inch possible, and
don't forget areas where pipes or cables come into the house.
Close that flue! Fireplaces
are a prime place for energy to escape. Have your fireplace cleaned and
sealed, and always keep the flue closed when you're not using the
fireplace. To heat your home with the fireplace, install glass fireplace
doors and an exchange system to push warm air in and pull cold air out.
Make your hot water heater cozy. Use a water heater insulator kit, which you can find at any Home Depot or Lowe’s.
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Author:Scott Wilkinson Phone: 704-957-0323 Dated: October 20th 2014 Views: 3,223 About Scott: ...
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