Save money by saving energy

We’re always looking for ways to save and cut costs and an easy way to do so is to cut back on your energy usage.

The first step in saving is knowing what you’re spending. Find out how much energy your home consumes and what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient.



Heating
Lets start with heating. Heating accounts for about 45%  of the average family’s energy bills according to the U.S. department of energy.

Some of the simple things you can start doing are keeping your doors, windows, and fireplace flute shut tight.

“We encourage people to keep their thermostat on 68 degrees and when possible, use some natural heating from the sun. Keep the curtains open, keep blinds open and use that natural sunlight for heating,” said Beth Thomas with Alabama Power.

To keep the heat from escaping, insulate your attack. Proper insulation can reduce the energy needed to heat and cool your home by as much as 20% to 30%.

You can also use an insulated blanket for your water heater. That will help conserve energy.

Check around your windows and doors for drafts to keep air from escaping or coming in.

Lighting
Here’s a bright idea: change out your old light bulbs for energy efficient ones.

Three of the most common energy-saving bulbs include incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs. You can find these in most hardware stores and they can save you anywhere from 25%-75%.

Turn off the lights when you’re not using them and the power strips to your electronics when you’re done.

Water
When doing laundry, wash and dry full loads with cold water when possible and instead of using gallons of water to take a bath, take a shower.

You can also lower the thermostat setting on your water heater.

Washing dishes is never a fun task so if you use your dishwasher, only operate it when it’s fully loaded. Less cycles means more energy saved.

Remember you’re only pay for what you’re using and when you use less, you save more.

For helpful diagrams and more tips about ways to save energy.gov is a great resource.

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