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Wouldn't it be fantastic to finddollar bills all over your house? How about quarters in stacks of three or four? Wouldn't you try to gather them up?
What a surprise it would be to collect relatively small amounts of money from all over your house, especially if you saw that it added up to hundreds of dollars before you knew it.

That's the way it is with energy saving in your home. Look around. There are so many areas of your house that could be sources of found money in the form of energy savings.

Here are some significant energy-savings tips:

Start with working with Your Power Company

1) Arrange with them to get a home energy audit every couple of years to find ways to cut costs.
2)Ask them about rebates whenever you install energy-saving equipment.

3)Participate in their energy-saving programs. One example is to shut down electric appliances for short bursts of time during peak hours. You won't even notice the difference until you look at your bill.

Then Take Inventory

1)Check to see what areas might be letting cold air come in, or allowing heat to escape, such as outer windows, doors, outside vents, etc.
2) Put in weather-stripping around these windows and doorways and this will cut down on your use of fuel. Big Time!.
3)While you are finding those leaks, look carefully around plumbing pipes, telephone wires, dryer vents, and under countertops .
4)Don't forget to close the fireplace damper.



How about that Hot water heater?!?

1)Reduce the temperature on the hot water heater to around 110 degrees F
2) Insulate the hot water heater to save 25 kilowatt hours a month.

Speaking of Insulation
Put in energy-efficient insulation in your attic. Determine the correct R-value or
resistance to heat flow for the the kind of heating you have and the climate you live in.

Lights
Always turn off lights when leaving a room.

Thermostat
1)Turn down your home thermostat two degrees and save 24 kilowatt hours a month.
2)Buy a programmable thermostat, especially if your home is vacant most of the day. You can set it to turn on 30 minutes before someone gets home.
3) Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and wait. Avoid turning your thermostat up or down dramatically because that wastes energy and increases your heating costs.



Furnace
Arrange for a professional to come out and clean your furnace. It will work more efficiently.




Fix and Replace
1)Fix leaky faucets - Even one drip a second is 20 kilowatts a month.

2)Replace standard candescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They are more energy-efficient, last for years instead of months, and generate little heat

Appliances-

1)Buy major appliances that display the "Energy Star" sticker which shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
2)When it comes time to replace your current washer, consider a front-loading washing machine. Front-loaders use 50% less energy and one-third less water. They remove much more water in the rinse cycle, resulting in far less dryer time. CHA-CHING!
3)When it comes time to replace your current dryer; look for a model with a drying sensor feature that will automatically turn off when the clothes are dried. The dryer won't run any longer than necessary

Air Conditioning.
Set your unit at around 76 degrees F. Keep the air conditioning filter clean, so it will run more efficiently. There's more If you install the air conditioning unit on the shady side of your house rather than in direct sun, the A.C. will operate more efficiently

Install an attic fan.
It will handle much of the hot air that can put a strain on an air conditioning system during the hot summer months.

Your Roof
When it comes time to replace your roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than on appearance. Light-colored roofs, such as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun and cool quickly at night.

Additional tips:

Install awnings on outside windows and doors on the sunny side of a house in order to keep your house cooler in the summer months.

Shade trees, outside a window, help shield your house and help save power months, too.
Windows.

Use heavier drapes. In the winter, it will help prevent heat from escaping and in the summer, they will keep the cool air from your air conditioner inside.

Landscaping with the right mix of trees and shrubs can lower your energy bills by blocking winter winds or the summer sun.



A dollar here, a dollar there... Quarters here, quarters there. It all add up. Big Time!
These energy saving measures will not only help cut down energy costs, but will also help keep the environment cleaner. This takes a little time and effort, but the savings make it well worth the effort. You know what you are going to do with that saved money, don't you?

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