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What with the high cost of utilities today people are scrambling to find less expensive energy sources or ways to safeguard their homes from energy leaks. Homes today are equipped with so many energy devices that the average person could turn off everything they could think of in their house and still find the meter running when they check. Here are a few simple and inexpensive tips that can help reduce those outrageous bills.
Begin by replacing all the light bulbs in your home with fluorescent bulbs to get four times the lighting for 1\2 the cost. If you don't like the idea of fluorescent for health reasons, the full spectrum bulbs will work the same but is healthier. Purchasing the long life bulbs would seem like a good way to save energy. But although this lighting will last longer, it uses more energy and puts out less light.
One of the more serious energy leaks can be found in the attic of a home or apartment. If you crawl into this space and shut the opening you see dozens of cracks and holes. Be sure you do this when the weather is very dry. Rain or moisture will swell the wood and seal the cracks temporarily. Some may even be in the roof. These are all areas that need to be sealed or insulated.
Windows are another area of great concern. If you don't want to pay the high prices for storm windows, simply pick up a roll of plastic at the hardware store. Cut squares the size of your window frames and secure with masking tape. Then watch the electric bill drop. Using thin strips of foam around the edges of doors will stop most drafts. For the bottom of a door take a wide piece of cloth and sew it into a tube. Fill it with sand. Secure the ends and lay it across the bottom of the door.
Caulking is always a good energy saver. Check around your light fixtures for holes to fill with caulk. Window panes that have cracked sealer around them can also be caulked. Electric blankets are a hugh source of wasted energy. Drippy faucets can waste up to 15 gallons of water a day when a washer to fix one cost pennies. When using a dishwasher always air dry your dishes. Taking showers instead of baths can save 13 to 18 gallons of water.
Using over head fans for cooling can save big bucks on your energy bills. Most can be reversed to use during the colder months as well. Using a microwave oven when possible can save energy. When you cannot use a microwave refrain from preheating your oven. Another good energy tip is to change the filter on a central air or central heating unit often. A clean filter keeps the appliance from having to work overtime to produce. Keep your thermostats set on 72 degrees all year round to save energy. Use alternative methods for staying warm or cool if needed.