energy saving tips As homeowners, we’re all looking for ways to save a little money on our monthly energy bill. This is especially true during peak energy usage months from July thru September and December thru March.

So, if you’re looking for ways to save money on your energy bill this season, try these cost saving tips to lower your bill while still keeping your home comfortable.

  1. Set your thermostat to 68° when you’re home during the winter and 78° when you’re home during the summer. These temperatures are seen as generally comfortable for most people. If your home has a wood burning stove, this is also a low cost way to heat your home during cold months. If you’re a lucky homeowner with a pool, well it’s obvious that that’s a great way to cool off during hot summer months!

  2. When you’re not home, adjust your thermostat to 65° during the winter months and 80° during the hot summer months. Then when you come home, your air conditioner or heater will have to work a lot less hard to heat or cool your home by only a few degrees.

  3. Make sure your home is sealed properly. Air leaks are a major culprit that suck your heating and cooling literally out the front door. Check to make sure all your windows and exterior doorways are properly sealed, not letting any air flow in or out. Also if you have floor vents, make sure large furniture is not blocking these vents as this can cause rooms to not heat or cool efficiently.

  4. Wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot. This will save money on the cost for heating the water. Also, dry your clothes on medium heat instead of high, and look for settings on both your washer and dryer that indicate “energy saving” modes.

  5. Empty your vacuum bag (or filter/container for bagless vacuums) regularly. You’ll spend less time vacuuming the same area and make your vacuum more efficient.

Using these smart homeowner tips will help you save money on your energy bill, reduce energy usage, and still keep you comfortable all year long.

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