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5 tips for more energy efficient home

5 tips for more energy efficient home

The typical American family pays around $2000 a tear for they homes energy bill, whit simple upgrades and changes, a family may save around 20-30 on these bills

With energy cost always seeming to rise and never go back down, having and energy efficient home can save you money as well as saving the planet. Learn more about how to improve your energy efficiency at home within these 5 great tips

 

1-use a programmable thermostat for an energy efficient home

 

You can save money and energy with a programmable thermostat because your home will never too worm or too cold. You can set your thermostat to raise the temp in your home w8-10 degrees when you are not home in the summer. Taking your temperature down by 10 degrees in the winter when you are at work could save you about 10 percent a year

 

2-replace incandescent bulbs

Try switching your incandescent light bulbs to light emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLS) for more efficient longer lasting. You can save on your electric bill with these bulbs

 

3-seal air duct and insulation

Energystar estimates about 20-30 percent of the air in ductwork is lost through leaks and poorly attached duct. Your heating and cooling system has to work 20-30 percent harder, your energy bills will be higher.

You can prevent this air leakage by having a professional do regular inspections. They can test all your ducts to make sure they are moving air efficiently.

You can prevent this air leakage by having a professional do regular inspections. They can test all your ducts to make sure they are moving efficiently.

Do you have proper insulation? You could be losing air through haps and spaces in your insulation. Check newer products, like tiger foam, that insulate without leaving any gaps, saving you money on your monthly energy bills

 

4 set water heater to right temperature

Set your water heater no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can lower it 10 degrees, you can see about 3-5 percent savings.

If you can’t find temperature gauge on your water heater, turn your kitchen sink to hot. Let it run to at the hottest temperature and then check a thermometer to see if its 120 degrees.

Gas water heater have a red dial near the bottom of the tank by the gas valve, electric water heaters have a thermostat behind a panel or screw plate.

5 tune up your HVAC system regularly

Because half of your home’s energy is used for heating and cooling, its important to check your air conditioner and furnace to make sure they are working properly. If there are any issues these system will cost more money to run.

You should change your air filter regularly like once a month in the spring summer and fall. You can change the filter every month in the winter. This helps your system run more smoothing using less energy.

Always leave your vents open. It does not save you money to close vents in unused room’s like people originally though. Closing these vents increases pressure in the ductwork, making your system work hard

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