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A chill is in the air in New England as we wait for the cold, winter weather to settle in. As we all know, winter can bring with it higher utility bills. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take when it comes to how to save money on heating and increase the energy efficiency in your home, which will in turn reduce the cost of those bills.
Here are 5 ways to save some green this winter:
1. Energy Audit
Start with an energy audit through your utility company. They are generally free of charge or a nominal fee. Don’t do the audit unless you are prepared to spend. The audit will provide you with information regarding how to make your home energy efficient. It’s what you do with the information from the audit that could potentially save you some money.
2. Insulate Your Attic
The attic is the first spot to look at when evaluating the energy efficiency of your home. Make sure your attic is insulated and sealed. Insulation is usually an easy and a cheap way to make your home more efficient. Some homes don’t have any insulation and most don’t have enough.
3. Wash Your Laundry in Cold Water.
A whopping 80 to 90 percent of the washing machines energy is used to heat the water. Your clothes will be just as clean in cold water-honest!
4. Make the Switch to LED Bulbs
As the bulbs burn out make the switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs. LEDs last for years and use only 2 to 10 watts of electricity (one-third to one-thirtieth of incandescent or CFL bulbs). LEDs don’t cause heat buildup, which will ultimately cut down on the cost of cooling your home.
5. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are designed to adjust the temperature automatically in your home. They help to save money by ensuring that your home is the right temperature at all times. With programmable thermostats you have the ability to program your heat and/or air conditioning to preset temperatures throughout the day.
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