Blinds and Drapes
If you want to keep your home warm during cold weather, choose drapes that would cover the windows entirely. If it is sunny, open the drapes let the sun’s heat help to heat your home. In this way, you save a lot of money on heating energy bills. In the summer, you can close the blinds to keep the sun from overheating your home or apartment.
Changing your normal thermostat settings. In the winter, set your thermostat to 60° F when you are sleeping or are away for awhile. When you are at home, you should have your thermostat set to 68° F. This little tip can save you 10 percent or more on your heating bills every winter. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, turn your thermostat down to save energy but never lower than 40° F. If you have delicate houseplants, keep the setting at 50° F or higher.
Increase your thermostat setting in the warmer months. When you are at home, set it a few degrees higher. When leaving, move the setting even higher, roughly 78 to 80 degrees. Cooling the house when you return costs less than keeping it cool all the time. Taking these steps can save 10 percent or more on your overall summer cooling costs.
Don’t make any more heat than necessary by delaying the chores that produce heat and moisture until it cools down in the later part of the day or evening, or the early morning hours if you are so motivated. Limit your dishwashing, laundering and cooking on hot, humid days. These activities make your room more uncomfortable and require your air conditioners to work harder.
Laundry and Dishwashing
You should know these tips about doing laundry. You can save as much as 85 to 90% when you turn the dial of your laundry to cold. Heating the water will consume a lot of energy. Also, you can save a lot of money when you wash full loads instead of partial loads. One last thing to remember is that a front loading washing machine can save you 50% on water and 50% on energy costs. Hang dry your clothes, this eliminates the need for the dryers altogether and can save quite a bit of cash!
Dishwashers consume the same energy regardless of wash loads. Therefore, it would be much energy efficient if you wait until your dishwasher is full before you do a load. You run fewer loads and save energy. Use short cycles by selecting the shortest cycle that properly cleans your dishes. Shorter cycles use less hot water and less energy. Avoid rinsing the dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Rinsing them before loading them into the dishwasher wastes energy and water. If you do find the need to rinse them, use cold water. Another point with dishwashers to remember is that if your dishwasher has a filter screen, clean it regularly. A clean appliance will always run more efficiently.
Most heat is lost when your basement has leaks and drafts on the walls. Make sure you seal these places so that you can conserve a lot of heat and energy. You may also add insulation in your basement to ensure that the heat is conserved.
One good way to know if your basement has leaks or draft is to look for spider webs. When there are spider webs, more than likely there are leaks.
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