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- Caulk and seal all openings into the house
especially around doors and windows.
- Install window shading or keep curtains closed
during the day to keep sunlight out. Install patio covers to help shade your home from sun.
- Strategically plant trees and shrubs
to also help shade your home from the sun.
- Install a programmable thermostat
(and use it). Set temperature to 78 degrees in the summer.
- Change out your light bulbs
to CFL’s or LED’s.
- Add more insulation.
- Make sure your air conditioning system is operating efficiently.
Replace filters once a month or as needed.
- Make sure all ductwork is sealed properly
and not leaking air into your attic or crawl space.
- Turn down the temperature
of your water heater to the warm setting. (120 deg. F)
- Shorten your showers.
Simply reducing the lingering time by a few minutes can save hundreds of gallon of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers account for 2/3 of your water heating costs.
- Install low flow shower heads and aerators.
These can drastically cut the cost of heating hot water.
- Cook your meals in the microwave or outside
on the grill instead of heating up the oven in the kitchen.
- Use appliance efficiently.
Do only full loads when using your dishwasher and washer. Use cold water. Be sure and clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap after each use.
- Turn off lights
in unoccupied rooms. Unplug that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don’t really need it. Turn off TV’s if no one is watching them.
- Unplug electronics
that continue to use electricity even when they are switched “off”/
- Reduce the operating time of your pool
filter and automatic cleaning sweep to our to five hours a day and use only during off-peak times.