Conserve Energy – Conserve Money

Conserving energy in your home can help to alleviate the rising costs of food and fuel prices, especially during the coming winter months. Here are a few suggestions that may help in this regard:

Energy-efficient light bulbs. While they may be expensive to purchase, these specially-designed bulbs can save you quite a bit of money in the long run. By replacing all of the light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient bulbs, you can save $25, $50 or more on your electric bill because they use seventy percent less energy than standard light bulbs and produce less heat as a by-product; they also last considerably longer than traditional bulbs, as well.

Appliances. Unplug appliances when not in use. Lower the temperature in your refrigerator, and set it to energy-saver mode. Use your washing machine only when you have a full load and set it on 'cold water.' If you have a dishwasher, switch it also to its 'energy saver' setting and use it only with a full load of kitchenware.

Air conditioning and thermostat. When using your air conditioner, place it on an energy-saving setting. You may also wish to invest in energy-efficient ceiling fans that can be used to replace your air conditioning unit. Experts assert that they're up to fifty percent more energy efficient than air conditioners. You can save additional money by cleaning or replacing your air conditioner filter regularly. In addition, set your thermostat to between 60- and 70 degrees during the winter months.

Winterize your home. Preparing your home for the cold winter season can save you quite a bit of money. Thoroughly check your windows, doors and weather stripping to ensure that there are no drafts or holes. Make sure that you have proper insulation in your attic and basement. Also check the ceilings and walls of your home for cracks or holes that may facilitate a loss of heat.

Other energy-saving tips. When leaving any room in your home, ensure that the lights are turned off. And, turn off your computer when not in use. This also holds true for the TV and other electrical items. If you have your computer, printer and TV attached to one outlet, shut down the power before you go to bed. In fact, if you have cable TV, you may have noticed that when you use the remote to shut off the cable box, oftentimes the TV is still on. Always double-check this by depressing the TV-power button on your remote to ensure that the television is indeed turned off.

Further, you may want to switch from baths to showers. The reduced amount of water that a shower utilizes can save money on your utility bill, especially if you go a step further by installing a special shower head that limits the amount of water spray.

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