3 ways to save on energy bills

3 ways to save on energy bills.

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.

  1   Update Your Heating and Cooling Systems to Save on Energy Bills

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 to save on energy bills.

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.

  2  Save on Energy Bills by Lightening Up

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.

  3   Save Energy While Cooking Dinner

It's quite easy to cook up energy savings in the kitchen.

  • If you keep range-top burners and reflectors clean, they'll better reflect the heat and require less energy for cooking.
  • If you cook with electricity, turn off burners several minutes before the end of the allotted cooking time. The burners will stay hot long enough to finish the job without using any more electricity.
  • When you have a choices between using the range top and the oven, go with the former to save on your energy bills.
  • If you do use the oven, open it sparingly; each time you open it, heat escapes and the oven will use even more energy to maintain the cooking temperature.
  • Use a pressure cooker and the microwave whenever possible; both save energy.
  • When you're boiling water, keep a lid on the pot; water boils faster when you use a top to hold in the heat.

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