Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Save Energy, Save Money

High energy bills are tiring, but they are also a symptom of deeper problems. Each year, the air from your heater or air conditioner could be seeping out the windows, walls, ceilings or doors of your home. By investing a little, you could save big in the long run. Here are three quick tips to save you money.

1.    Windows – These are your main energy-wasters, especially in older homes. Single-pane windows let the cold and heat in, as well as out, making it hard to keep your home comfortable. If you can’t afford to replace all the windows, start with a good, thick set of curtains. It may make your home a little darker, but it will also make it more comfortable. 

2.    Doors – If you can see the outside even when your door is closed because of cracks, then you know air can get through there as well. Quick repairs on older door frames to firm up the seal when the door is closed are both cheap and effective. 

3.    Thermostat – Like most homes, you probably have an electronic thermostat. And, like most homes, you probably have no idea how to use it. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to figure out. By programming your thermostat to turn off when you aren’t home (or when you’re asleep), you could save big time. 

Just remember that every little bit helps. The more you conserve energy, the more money you will save in the long run, and who doesn’t like more money?

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