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Save Energy at Home

Save Energy at Home

Chances are, when you open your monthly utility statements, you’re witnessing energy costs doubling and even tripling at the height of the season. By spending just a few dollars and doing some simple projects, you can save energy – and significant amounts of money. Here are five fast fixes to help you save energy at home:

Lower your lighting costs

Replace current light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. They screw in just like standard bulbs, but use a fourth of the energy and last up to 10 times longer. Average savings: $10 – $50 per year

Taming the toilet

A constantly-running toilet can use up to 8,000 gallons of water each year. Fix the problem by installing a toilet repair kit that will conserve water. Average savings: $25 – $100 per year

Fix leaky fixtures

Aside from causing that annoying “drip,” leaky faucets can also cause a spike in your water bill. Replacing the aerator and rubber washer will cost you pennies yet save you dollars in the long run. As for the showerhead, consider installing a flow-restricting model. Average savings: $100 – $300 per year

Hot water help

Reduce the temperature on your water heater to about 120 degrees. If the unit is older than 12 years, you may want to look into replacing it. Average savings: $20 – $50 per year

Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable models allow you to automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. Some models even allow you to set preferences on the hour for each day of the week. Average savings: $125 – $350 per year and up

Follow these simple tips and you’ll save energy at home and see the savings in no time.

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