Make energy efficiency work for your budget

Make energy efficiency work for your budget

A budget can feel restricting when considering energy efficient upgrades for a home. Try these no-cost and low-cost tips to boost home efficiency without stretching your budget!

No-cost energy efficiency tips

  • Ceiling fans are a great way to keep cool during summer months and can even allow you to raise your thermostat setting about 4 degrees without affecting your comfort.
  • Got a programmable thermostat? Use it to automatically lower and raise your home’s temperature. Setting your thermostat 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher in summer and lower in the winter results in major energy savings.
  • When cooking, keep the lids on pots, and let hot food cool off before placing it in the refrigerator.

Low-cost energy efficiency tips

  • Check for gaps around doors and windows. Can you see daylight? If so, you can seal cracks with caulk or weather stripping to reduce air flow.
  • When lightbulbs burn out, replace them with LEDs, which have an estimated operational life span of up to 50,000 hours. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing LEDs.
  • Summer is right around the corner! Have you changed your home’s air filter? A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to keep you cool, which wastes energy.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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