Of course you want to save on energy bills.
But you also want your home to be cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer.
All it takes to do both is to make a few simple changes at home; changes that will reward your efforts with a dramatically lower energy bill each month.
These energy savings tips for daily living are easier than you might think.
If your home's heating or cooling unit is more than 15 years old, you might want to replace it with one of today's energy-efficient models.
The newer models, which are better insulated and have motors that require less maintenance, pay for themselves in energy savings, frequently in as little as three to five years.
A sure way to save on winter heating bills is to open the drapes during the day and let the sun shine n, and to draw them at night to keep the heat from radiating out.
Set the thermostat at 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) or lower during the day, and set it at 55 degrees F (13 degrees C) at night or when you're away.
For every degree you lower your thermostat, you'll save 3 to 5 percent on your monthly energy bill.Also consider installing a thermostat with a built-in timer.
Since energy for lighting accounts for some 10 percent of your energy bill, you can save by lightening up on your wattage.
If you're using 100-watt bulbs where 60-watt bulbs would do, replace them. Or switch to fluorescent bulbs.
Lighten up on your interior decorating, too: Pale colors for walls, draperies, rugs, and upholstery reflect light and can reduce the number of lamps needed to adequately light a room.
Outdoors, replace incandescent lighting with high-pressure sodium or outdoor fluorescent bulbs for an additional savings.
It's quite easy to cook up energy savings in the kitchen.