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Reducing Energy Usage and Saving Money Go Together

These days we’re all trying to save money and with the holidays just past we may be feeling a bit blue over our bills. A few adjustments of your energy consumption may just help you regain your financial footing as well as conserve resources.

Conserving energy saves money.

Conserving energy saves money.

-Did you know that the average family spends almost $1500 a year on energy bills? Half of that goes into heating and cooling our homes so it’s a great place to start. Installing energy efficient equipment can save as much as 20% on annual energy costs.

-Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home. Turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). will not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands. This is especially smart for homes with small children.

-You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill. The site has some good information on thermostat operation.

-Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney along with your money.

-Check all exterior doors for air leaks and weatherstrip and caulk as needed. A one-eighth-inch gap around a door is equivalent to a 6-inch-square hole in the side of your house and causes a lot of energy loss.

-Be sure to replace the air filter in your furnace according to its instruction manual. If you have pets or you smoke you may have to replace the filter more often.

Whether you own or rent your home taking steps to reduce your energy usage will help you save money while still keeping you and your family comfortable. National Property Management is proud to offer money saving tips to help our tenants and homeowners live better, conserve energy and give good old planet Earth a break.

  1. All Star Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Reply
    These are all great tips that we like to give our customers as well! We always try and encourage them to go with more efficient equipment to save in the long run!
  2. American Duct Cleaning Reply
    Great advice for more efficient energy use! Make sure your ducts are clean can help as well!
  3. ARCpoint Labs of Greenville SC Reply
    I didn't realize water heating is such a huge portion of the energy usage. It's definitely easier to think to change your thermostat than your water heating
  4. ARCpoint Labs of Greenville SC Reply
    Such a good tip about bringing the thermostat back when you're away from home. That's a great savings!
  5. ARCpoint Labs of Golden Valley Reply
    That's interesting about the 1/8 in gap equaling a 6in hole in the side of your house! I wouldn't think that door gap would make such a huge difference
  6. Educators Credit Union of Glendale Reply
    I was also told that if you go out of town to turn your breaker switch down. So your energy isn't running while you are away.
  7. J. Casson Mortgage Planning Reply
    Good to know about changing your air filter! Great tips!
  8. David Wiesemann Remax Reply
    Good extra tip about the fireplace. I think we usually neglect to think about that
  9. ARCpoint Labs of Greenville SC Reply
    It sounds like there is a lot of savings to be had here by making sure your home is as energy efficient as possible!

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