Make your home more energy efficient – 4 tips

As gas price soar, many people are looking for ways to pinch pennies in other parts of their budgets. By making your home more energy efficient, you can lower your utility bills and keep more money in your wallet. Consider these tips below to find ways to save around the house.

Find energy savings: With a variety of calculators, you can find the best ways to save money on energy in your home, learn how much money you could save by swapping old appliances for Energy Star appliances, and estimate how much money you lose because of leaky faucets.

Install a programmable thermostat: If your home stands empty for most of the day, you could be wasting a lot of money keeping your house warm or cool. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically cut your heating or cooling back when no one is home and then raise or lower the temperature when you’re there. That way you stay comfortable, but you don’t pay extra when no one is there.

Clean or replace your air conditioner’s filter: A dirty filter will make your air conditioner run much less efficiently, blocking the flow of air and making the machine work harder. Find out where your system’s filter is located and then clean or replace it, and you can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption from 5 to 15 percent.

Greenscape your yard: By making some simple changes to your landscape, you could save money on water and fertilizers. Pick plants that grow well in the climate where you live because they will require less maintenance, and learn how to take advantage of the rain so you water your yard less frequently.

By making some of these small changes, you can make your home more energy efficient and save money in the long run.

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