Monday, June 2, 2008

Energy Saving Tips

With gas prices at an all time high, we are all looking for ways to save money. Clipping coupons, taking walks, staying home, not eating out, whatever we can think of to cut corners. How about we look within our homes to see what we can do to save some money on our electric bills as summer approaches. That is one bill that most of us dread when we turn on the AC. Hopefully with these tips and our own frugalness we can all save a little this year!

1. Check windows, doors, and exterior walls for cracks, holes, or anything that air could be leaking through. A tiny little bitty hole can add up to big money on that electric bill! Fill holes and cracks with caulk or weather stripping. Keep blinds closed on windows to cut down on indoor heat. That will keep your ac from running so often. Keeping blinds open in winter actually helps to heat the house because the sun light will help to warm the house.

2. Plant trees, shrubs, vines, and bushes to provide shade for your home. This will help keep your home cool in the summer. Keep plants 3 feet from outdoor heat/air units though because they can interfere with how they work.

3. Have heat and air equiptment checked regular to make sure it is working properly.

4. Install automatic thermostats so you can program them to be at certain temps at different times o the day. Turn them up higher when you leave.

5. Replace indoor lightbulbs with lower wattage fluorescent bulbs. They are more expensive to buy but they last longer and will save you money in the long run.

6. Keep household appliances free of dust and clean.

7. Make sure you have insullation in your attic.

I hope these tips can help to save you some money this year!