Top Ten Ways to Save Without Spending a Fortune
- To keep your furnace running efficiently, change out air filters monthly. The cost is minimal and will help extend the life of your unit.
- Replace your existing thermostat(s) with a programmable thermostat. Installation is easy and it’s a great way to control your heating and cooling temperatures. You can simply set it and leave it!
- For the best savings, make sure your home is insulated well. Insulating your attic, outside walls, between floors and around heating ducts or pipes exposed to outside air can help cut your utility costs.
- Touch the outside of your water heater. If it is hot or warm, cover it in an approved insulation blanket. These are fairly inexpensive and can save on your water heating costs.
- Valuable heated or cooled air can escape to the outside through areas around your windows and doors. Close up holes, caulk and add or replace any torn or worn out weatherstripping where necessary.
- Fix any leaky, dripping faucets or toilets. A faucet dripping two drops per second can waste up to 200 gallons of water a month. Learn more about your water meter; download the brochure.
- As your old light bulbs burn out, replace them with energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs. They use one-fourth the energy of an incandescent bulb while giving off the same amount of light.
- If you are in the market for new appliances, read the energy efficient label and choose models that are more efficient. Most newer models can save up to half the amount of energy used.
- For maximum efficiency and safety, have your heating and cooling unit checked every year by a licensed contractor. It’s a small price to pay for energy savings on your utility bills.
- Older showerheads tend to have higher flow rates, so consider replacing them with newer, aerating low flow models. This will help reduce the amount of water used during showers.