EDMOND, Okla. – You don’t have to dread getting those utility bills every month. By making a few smart changes to your energy consumption at home, you can save big bucks on your bills.
Here are 13 simple ways to make your home more energy-efficient:
1. Clean your air ducts to help improve air flow.
2. Upgrade your thermostat. A thermostat that you can program can save you money on your energy bill.
3. Skip pre-rinsing dishes. You can scrape food off dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but you don’t have to rinse them. You can save 6,500 gallons of water each year, according to EnergyStar.
4. Plant shade trees on the west and southwest sides of your house to keep it cooler in the summer.
5. Replace your air filters every two to three months so your furnace doesn’t have to work harder and use more energy.
6. Replace leaky window to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
7. Insulate your walls and attic to reduce heat from escaping.
8. Use low-flow toilets and shower heads to reduce your home’s water use by up to 40%.
9. Install ceiling fans to cool rooms more efficiently. In the winter, flip the switch to reverse the blades and force heat down from the ceiling.
10. Cover your water heater with an insulated water blanket to help retain heat.
11. Seal your doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping.
12. Install solar panels to generate electricity, heat hot water, and lower energy usage.
13. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs, They can last 10 times longer and use up to 75% less energy, according to EnergyStar.
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