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10 ways to save energy at home this fall

October 20, 2014  /  Energy  /  Marti Reeder

thermostatAs the temperatures drop this fall, energy and water bills are likely to go up. Here are some ways to save energy at home to offset those higher bills.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the heat at night and when you’re away from home.
  1. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater to 120° F.
  1. Insulate your hot water heater, but be sure not to cover the thermostat.
  1. Air dry dishes instead of using the heated drying cycle in your dishwasher.
  1. Change to low-flow showerheads in your home.
  1. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn off the power strip when items like TVs, stereos and computers are not in use.
  1. Purchase appliances, light bulbs and other home products with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  1. Seal leaks around doors and windows with caulking and weather stripping.
  1. Add insulation to your attic, including the attic door or opening.
  2. Remember to clean or replace furnace filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer.

For more energy-saving ideas like these, refer to this Energy Saving Guide or visit EnergySaver.gov.

 

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